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Apocalyptica

Who is Apocalyptica?

Have you ever considered that classical music and heavy metal could be combined? This is exactly what Apocalyptica does - A Finnish band that...
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Variations on Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony

Beethoven's 5th Symphony is one of the most well-known pieces of music ever composed. In fact, if you ask anyone to hum a melody...
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8 Popular NYC Violin Shops

Finding a great violin shop is critical no matter what city or town you live in. NYC is no exception. Since NYC is so...
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Best Double Bass Bows 2022

Aside from the double bass itself, musicians should also consider picking the ideal double bass bow. Having the most appropriate double bass bow could...

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10 Best Cello Strings Review 2022

You've likely come here because you are looking for new cello strings. Whether you just want to try out new cello strings, are new to buying cello strings, or you just want to make sure that the cello strings you use are still the best cello strings you can get for your price, you've come to the right place. Cello strings are an expensive investment, especially when you have to buy new ones every six months to a year, but the right strings can make your cello sing. Below we've listed what we consider the best cello strings that you...
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16 Best Music Schools in the US

Joining one of the best music conservatories in the US is a great decision for those who want to pursue a music career in the future. They have the most experienced faculty, the best music facilities, and a wide range of music degrees. Some institutions even offer undergraduate programs while others allow students to combine courses. Types of Music Schools Music schools at the undergraduate and graduate levels exist in a variety of shapes and sizes. Conservatory The...
Yamaha P71 Review

Yamaha P71 Review 2022: A Great 88-Key Digital Piano

Yamaha P-series keyboards are some of the most popular digital pianos on the market. The Yamaha P71 is a powerful Amazon-exclusive keyboard that delivers excellent piano playing experiences. Since its release in 2016, the P71 has been a widely popular option for all types of pianists. Its rich sound, convenient features, and portability set it apart from lots of the competition. This Yamaha P71 review will cover everything you need to know about the well-known keyboard. Features Even with a minimalistic design, the P71 has a wide array of features. This 88-key keyboard has 88 fully-weighted action keys with GHA, or...
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Was Beethoven Black? A Radical New Idea Has Taken the Internet by Storm

Ludwig Van Beethoven was a pianist and composer, and to date, stays the most admired composer in Western music's history. Every couple of years, the 'was Beethoven black?" debate keeps resurfacing on social media. But, it's not a recent argument. For centuries, people have speculated that he had African ancestry. In this article, we'll talk about why such a theory exists and the honest answer to "was Beethoven black?" We've also included unsung and overlooked black composers. The “Black Beethoven” Theory The Beethoven...
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Steinway Files for IPO

On April 14, 2022, the Astoria, NY-based piano maker Steinway & Sons (commonly just called Steinway) filed for IPO by filing their S-1. The company plans to list on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) under the ticker STWY. About the Company The company traded prior to 2013 under the ticker LVB before being taken private by Paulson & Co. in 2013. The company was founded 169 years ago in 1853 and has become the piano brand used by virtuosos around the world. Famous pianists like Jon Batiste, Billy Joel,...
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The Unusual Instruments You Didn’t Know Existed

Forget the tuba, guitar, piano, and bass. They are no match to these odd-looking, most unusual musical instruments. Some may look like they came from a horror movie, while others produce an eerie sound fit for a sci-fi film! So, without further ado, here are the most peculiar, strangest instruments you will ever find.  Pikasso Guitar
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Why don't you try the Pikasso - the guitar with multiple necks! You've read that right. This string instrument includes not one but FOUR necks. If that isn't strange...
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13 Famous Tuba Players (And Their Popular Recordings)

These famous tuba players are known in the music industry for their talents, impeccable performances, and influence to inspire tuba students. Who are these tuba players and what are their accomplishments? You'll soon find out! We've also included a video of their popular recordings so you can see how talented they are! Roger Bobo Roger Bobo is an American tubist that many students and fans consider one of the most famous tuba players in the world. And, his interest in the brass instrument began when his high school teacher gave...
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Gifts for Guitar Players: What Every Guitar Player Needs

Not sure what to get your favorite aspiring guitarist? It can feel a bit intimidating when browsing gifts for guitar players. Do they need this strange metal clip called a capo or a brand-new set of strings? Regardless of their skill level, here is a list of gifts the guitar player in your life is sure to appreciate! 1. Guitar Strings This is one of the safest bets when shopping for gifts for guitar players. Why? Switching out guitar strings is inevitable! Changes in temperature and...
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16 Gifts for Musicians and Music Lovers

If you're in the market for special gifts for musicians, you've come to the right place! We have really cool and unique music-themed gifts that your favorite musician or music lover will adore. And, don't worry if the recipient is picky — we've included practical and functional options that they will love! 1. Karaoke Microphone  Whether shopping for a professional musician or just someone who loves to sing their heart out, there's no better gift than a wireless karaoke microphone. One of the best gifts for musicians, this...
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5 Best Tuner Apps in 2022: iPhone and Android

When the average musician is asked: "what tools do I need to help me get the most out of practicing?," the most common answers (besides the instrument and some music) are a tuner, metronome, and an audio recorder. At the top of most people’s list of importance, however, is the tuner and with the plethora of paid and free tuner apps available, it's easier than ever to play in-tune. Whether you're looking for a tuner app for stringed instruments (including violin,m viola, cello, ukulele, banjo, bass, and guitar) or for a woodwind or brass instruments, the tuner...

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15 Most Expensive Violins

15 Most Expensive Violins in the World

Dubbed as one of the most expressive instruments, the violin creates a lot of stories from its tone alone. But there are more stories...
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