The bridge in all stringed instruments is a simple, unheralded part that transfers vibrations from the strings to the instrument body. It’s all physics!
The thick neck of this obscure stringed instrument speaks to the double duty it and its players serve to produce its rich tonality. Barytons are quite rare.
The traditions that gave us the best violins ever made continue in this northern Italian city. This heritage is even recognized by UNESCO.
The versatility of bows on strings is evident in how musicians over the past century have found ways to swing an instrument that can do bebop as well as Bach.
The option to rent an instrument makes sense in a variety of circumstances. Understanding the variables should help players decide what’s right for them.
As only humans can craft fine stringed instruments – violins, cellos, violas, basses – some are better than others. Luthier competitions show us who.
Violins, cellos, violas, basses and bows are sold at auction all the time. It works for buyers and sellers, but it’s possible to get it wrong.
The differences between fine stringed instruments (and cellos and violas) and an assembly line made violin are significant. Craftsmanship matters in the end.
Now the most highly valued violin on the planet, the iconic instrument was refurbished almost 40 years ago in Carl Becker and Son’s simple Chicago studio.
Between your instrument strings and the bow hair is something vital, the rosin. Too much or too little, applied the wrong way, can impair your playing.
Bringing music to Los Angeles’ most disenfranchised people isn’t just a do-good project. It’s about summoning the best in all of us, the core of our beings.
The “planetary geared” peg makes tuning easier on violins, violas, and cellos. There are several additional reasons to favor them.
Fine instruments are beautiful works of craftsmanship, and very vulnerable to come what may. Being careful means obtaining an insurance policy.
Minor maintenance of violins, violas and cellos can and should be done by the player. Know what you’re doing – including when to call a professional.
There are several items the stringed instrument musician should acquire early in his or her training. It enables better play from the start.