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Birthdays of Famous Composers

Music is one of the arts that not only brings joy but also tells great stories and passes meaningful messages. Composers are some of...
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Phenomenal A Capella Performance of Four Seasons by Vivaldi

Vivaldi's Four Seasons is a very popular classical music piece that was composed by Vivaldi in 1725. Originally written for solo violin accompanied by...
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Best Violin Books for Beginners, Intermediate & Advanced Violinists

Do you have a child who just started learning the violin? Do you teach beginner pianists? One of the very best ways to get...
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Who Was Antonio Stradivari?

For more than two centuries, Antonio Stradivari remains the greatest violin maker of all time. Many Stradivarius violins sell for millions of dollars these...


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Brass Instruments List

From marching bands and classical orchestras to jazz, brass instruments remain a significant component of modern-day music. That's why it's important to be familiar with the brass instruments list. And, this article gives you a closer look at these musical instruments. What Is a Brass Instrument Brass instruments are musical instruments that produce sound by reverberating and amplifying the vibration of the lips via a tubular resonator. They are sometimes referred to as labrosones or labrophones in scientific circles. They belong to the family of wind instruments...
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String Instruments List

String instruments are so versatile you can hear them in every musical era and genre of music - even classical music! And today, we're taking a closer look at some of the most common ones. Here is the string instruments list you should know about. What Is a String Instrument? A string instrument is a type of instrument that feature soundboxes, resonators, and strings. The body of the instrument is typically hollow so that it can amplify the sound of the strings. Its material is predominantly wood because of tonal qualities...
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Drop D Tuning and Other Alternate Guitar Tunings

Still have your guitar in the standard EADGBE tune? It's time to mix things up! Alternate guitar tunings like drop D tuning broadens your guitar playing horizon to riffs and power chords so you can play covers of songs from Kurt Cobain, Soundgarden, Alice in Chains, and other rock bands!  But how do you tune your acoustic or electric guitar to these alternate tunings? Stick around because we'll teach you how.  Drop D Tuning First on our list is the drop D tuning. This alternate guitar tuning is...
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Who Are the Best Guitarists of All Time?

Are you wondering who the best guitarists of all time are? Well, we have prepared a list of the best guitar players in the world. Check it out to see if you can spot your favorite guitarist. Jimi Hendrix Top of the list of the best guitarists of all time is Jimi Hendrix. Hendrix was an American singer, composer, and rock guitarist legend. Many musicians consider him one of the best electric guitarists of all time. He is known for fusing traditional...
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Music Tempos & Markings: A Simple Guide to Understanding Them

Suppose you're a musician interested in tackling a range of classical music pieces, but you aren't classically trained. In that case, you may come across some challenges with understanding one key factor in these arrangements, music tempos. A number of these compositions were created before the invention of the metronome and may not offer a mathematical time indication to determine the music tempo. Fortunately, there are other indicators that can help you perform the piece of sheet music as the composer intended.  Tempo Meaning in Music: What Is Tempo?
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Types of Banjos – Difference, How to Play, and More

There are so many different types of banjos that it can be overwhelming to select which one is right for you. Do you get a four-string banjo or a 5-string? What's the difference between open back and resonator banjos?  In this article, we'll take a closer look at these stringed instruments and find out which one is suitable for your playing skills and level. So, let's get right to it.  Open Back Banjos and Resonator Banjos When you shop for banjos, you'll often be asked whether you prefer...
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Best Ukulele Tuner Apps: Tune Using Your Smartphone

How often have you gotten to a rehearsal, gig, or jam, only to find you forgot your clip-ons (tuners)? If you've already lost count, you are in luck. You can download the best ukulele tuner app as a backup. There is now a myriad of ukulele tuning apps available for both iPhone and Android in recent years! Some even have different modes for other stringed instruments such as mandolin, violin, and guitar, while others allow you to save multiple tunings like DGBE tuning and low-g tuning.  You probably want to save...
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18 Famous Pianists (And Their Most Celebrated Pieces)

There are dozens of pianists out there, but these most famous pianists stand out because of their piano playing prowess and compositions filled with raw emotion that influenced different genres and a generation of aspiring musicians! Some of them are even considered classical music heavyweights.  Here are the top 18 famous pianists and their most riveting musical pieces.  1. Frédéric Chopin Frédéric Chopin, commonly known as Chopin, is arguably one of the most famous pianists of the 19th century and the greatest virtuoso pianist....
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Mozart vs. Beethoven vs. Bach: How Are They Different

If you are new to classical music, you likely recognize the names Mozart, Beethoven, and Bach. Each composer has a distinct style and role in classical music development. So, when it comes down to Mozart vs Beethoven vs Bach, how do they compare? Mozart vs Beethoven vs Bach Comparison Table Refer to this table to learn some fast facts about these composers. Keep the dates of their productive periods in mind to understand how each composer influenced the other. We'll discuss more in-depth details after the table.
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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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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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