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A violinist’s success lies in their fingers. To reach the pinnacle of the instrument, a great violinist must master many elements of physical control. The violinist’s left hand ...

Sep 13, 2019

Itzhak Perlman playing violin

You don’t have to have an amazing voice, perfect pitch, funky rhythm, or incredible guitar shredding skills to have a career in music. In fact, you don’t have to play an instrum...

Sep 11, 2019

Desk set up with laptop headphones and tea

One of the great effects in music is that of tremolo—the sensation that a note is pulsating, warbling, and somehow still active despite sustaining the same pitch. Whether you ar...

Sep 10, 2019

Person playing the violin

Although a supremely skilled record producer, Timbaland’s skills lie outside traditional instruments like piano, guitar, drums, or bass. Instead, he is a master of sampling, of ...

Sep 9, 2019

Timbaland making a beat

Have you ever danced the hora? If you’ve attended a reception for a bar mitzvah or bat mitzvah, you probably have. Or perhaps you danced the hora at a Jewish wedding (or even a ...

Sep 9, 2019

Violin and clarinet on wood table

A great violinist must build up a cache of knowledge in many disciplines. Playing technique is an obvious one—violinists must be able to bow, finger, and pluck the strings of th...

Sep 9, 2019

wood violin with black background

Since the early 1990s, Timbaland has been one of popular music’s most successful producers. He’s helmed the mixing board for Missy Elliott, Aaliyah, Justin Timberlake, Madonna, ...

Sep 6, 2019

Timbaland in music studio producing beats on laptop

For most of human history, music could only be produced in a limited number of ways. Vibrating or striking a string, for example, as is done with a violin, cello, guitar, piano ...

Sep 6, 2019

Person playing piano with synthesizers in studio

Timbaland is not a traditional musician insofar as he does not have proficiency on an instrument like piano, guitar, or drums. He composes music in two main ways: by improvising...

Sep 6, 2019

Timbaland in studio looking at computer screen