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Top 10 Violin Vibrato Mistakes Students Make

Top 10 Violin Vibrato Mistakes Students Make

Beginning students learning to play the violin often wonder, "When will I get to learn that wiggly finger thing that those famous violinists do?" It's called vibrato, and being drawn to it is understandable. Almost every musician employs the use...

Overcoming Self-Doubt as a Musician

Overcoming Self-Doubt as a Musician

Will I ever be good enough? Will all this practicing pay off? Is it even worth it? If you're questioning your abilities as a musician, you're not alone. As artists, we often wonder if our hard work will bear fruit....

Fiddlershop's Picks: Bow Rosins

Fiddlershop's Picks: Bow Rosins

Our Favorite Bow Rosins Rosin is the key to unlocking the sound from your bowed string instrument.  When applied to the bow hair,  the rosin creates sticky friction between the string and bow. The rosined hair grips the strings, pulling out...

How to Choose Your Next Summer Music Festival or Camp

How to Choose Your Next Summer Music Festival or Camp

Interested in attending a summer strings camp? Thankfully, programs to choose from has grown quite a bit over the last ten years. There are hundreds of places for not only children but also adult amateur and semi-professional string players. That said,...

5 Benefits of Playing in an Orchestra

5 Benefits of Playing in an Orchestra

There's no shortage of reasons why playing a musical instrument in an ensemble benefits children. Orchestra teaches young ones to create something beautiful; it develops a new form of language and expression, and it allows youths to make lasting relationships...

Effective Ways to Practice Performing

Effective Ways to Practice Performing

Practicing to learn new repertoire and techniques is different from practicing how to perform. Students often treat learning music and performing as one and the same. But, how we make music is often connected to our environment, and emotional and...

One Day at Fiddlershop

One Day at Fiddlershop

It’s not uncommon to see Pierre Holstein, aka Fiddlerman, roast his own coffee beans outside Fiddlershop’s entrance in Pompano Beach, Florida. There are several coffee lovers at the shop and the espresso machine is well-used. Today’s batch of beans is...

5 Ways to Extend the Life of Your Bow

5 Ways to Extend the Life of Your Bow

By Jasmine Reese - Our bows, like the body of our instrument, need tender care and affection. (>>>Click on the photo to the right to find out why FIddlerman is bending a Fiddlerman Carbon Fiber Bow>>>) People tend to neglect the bow,...

5 Common Violin Care Mistakes

5 Common Violin Care Mistakes

By Jasmine Reese - Whether you're just starting out or have played for years, we all make mistakes in the care of our violins. While it's sometimes out of a lack of knowledge, we can also just get lazy or complacent....

Serenade Your Love on Valentine's Day

Serenade Your Love on Valentine's Day

By Jasmine Reese - Valentine's Day brings many couples a lot of joy. Between the exchanging of gifts and romantic displays of affection, it is a serendipitous and heartwarming day for people infected with the bug of passion.If you're a music...

Pierre Holstein "Fiddlerman" Interview

Pierre Holstein "Fiddlerman" Interview

By Jasmine Reese - For years, a man doused in musical mystery has graced the Internet with helpful violin and viola video and blog tutorials. Like a superhero, he came out of nowhere, saving beginning string instrument students from their common...

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