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If you’ve ever heard the violin pyrotechnics of the Mendelssohn Violin Concerto in E minor, Op. 64, then you’re familiar with spiccato, the “off the string” violin technique tha...

Jul 17, 2019

Violin on vintage music sheets

There are many ways to play stringed instruments like violin, viola, cello, or bass. On one extreme is the legato technique—a fluid and continuous bowing style that involves slu...

Jul 17, 2019

Violin with bow on sheet music

There are many ways to play a stringed instrument such as a violin. On one extreme is the legato technique, which is fluid and continuous and involves slurring one note into the...

Jul 17, 2019

Person playing a violin with black background

Western music contains 12 pitches, which are repeated over a series of octaves. Seven of these pitches are considered “natural.” These are the notes C, D, E, F, G, A, and B. The...

Jul 17, 2019

Close-up sheet music with flat note symbols

Western music contains 12 pitches, which are repeated over a series of octaves. Seven of these pitches are considered “natural.” These are the notes C, D, E, F, G, A, and B. The...

Jul 17, 2019

Music sheet up close

Itzhak Perlman has performed at nearly of all the world’s top concert halls, under the baton of today’s most revered conductors. And, while Perlman had undoubtedly been blessed ...

Jul 17, 2019

Itzhak Perlman playing violin on stage

A violinist must master many elements of physical control in order to fully exploit the instrument's potential. The violinist’s left hand is accountable for nimbleness across th...

Jul 16, 2019

Wooden violin with bow playing on strings

String instruments require players to select pitches by depressing strings at specific intervals. On an instrument like a guitar, mandolin, banjo, or electric bass, this is know...

Jun 24, 2019

women playing violin with dark black background

The violin is not a naturally comfortable instrument to play, but there are some ways to make it as comfortable as possible. While chinrests come standard on nearly every violin...

Jun 24, 2019

Violin upclose with dark blue background