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Many of us were drawn to play the violin, viola, or cello because we'd heard playing that brought us to tears, filled us with joy, or expressed a feeling that we couldn't even describe with words. Truly, there seems to be no limit to the emotions and ...

Student Question
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Why do performers in some situations stand, while others sit? And is it better to sit or stand when we practice?

Traditionally, violin and viola soloists stand, but sit as ensemble members. Standing helps the audience identify the soloist and ...

Awareness and humor
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With my first email address in the early 2000s came an inbox full of musician scams. The "opportunities" seem to come in waves. Sometimes I'll get five in a month. Other times, they'll forget about me for five years.

The premise of ...

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While there are many options for free sheet music online, giving us near instant gratification when we hear a melody we love on a movie or TV show or hear our teacher mention that we’ll be trying a new concerto or sonata soon, it’s usually worth it ...

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