Ice Cream Interval Game

I found this great interval game that I’ve played with students from ages 4-14 and they absolutely love it.   There are two different scoop types. Some have notes and some have the piano keys. It is much easier for the younger students to count the piano keys then the note intervals, but they eventually start wanting to try the notes at which point they do fine...

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Mel Bay Method Book

Using a few different method books, I’ve found that Mel Bay’s Violin Method book works best for preparing students to play the violin. This book starts with playing the open strings so that the student can focus on perfecting the bow hold and bowing, before adding the left hand. It also does not supply the student with the letter name of the note in the middle...

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Artino Shoulder Rest

I can strongly say that my worst troubles while playing came from my shoulder rest. It would either move too much, fall off, not feel right on my shoulder, or not give enough cushion. Well I’m proud to say that I’ve finally found a shoulder rest that blows all the rest out of the water. It is called the “Artino Shoulder Rest”, and it is made out of...

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Andrea Rosin

I’ve tried plenty of fancy looking rosins in my years of practice, and I can finally say that I’ve found a great one. If you are looking for a rosin and don’t really know what to get, I strongly recommend buying the Andrea Rosin. I use this rosin for my students when theirs starts to dwindle the sound of the violin, and I call it the “magic...

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How to Apply Fine Tuners

I just found this great video I just wanted to share with you all. If you want to put on your own fine tuners this is how to do it. If you have time to go to a Luthier shop, they can do it for...

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Amazing Practice Mute

I use a few different types of mutes when practicing late, but I’ll generally end up with a metal practice mute if I need to practice very late at night and don’t want to upset my neighbors or anyone living with me.   http://www.wwbw.com/The-String-Centre-Metal-Practice-Mute-464369-i1418782.wwbw?source=TWWRWXGP&cagpspn=pla   This mute is great...

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