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Study Music as an Adult

Can I Study Music? You've always secretly wanted to learn an instrument, but never have. Or, you were involved in music when you were younger and want to get back into it. But how do you do it? What's holding you back? Just think of the health benefits that studying music offers: fighting [...]

January 31st, 2019|How To, News, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Dampit

The Dampit The unsung hero of orchestra If you're in orchestra, you've probably heard someone talk about Dampits. But what are they? Take a moment to make sense of them here: What is it? A Dampit is a special humidifier specifically designed for wood instruments, primarily strings. It is a sponge that rests [...]

January 4th, 2019|How To, Uncategorized|0 Comments

What is Musicality Part 2

What is Musicality? Thoughts on expressivity from The Music Shoppe's resident singer. Part 2: The Musical Guide In our last post, What is Musicality Part 1, we learned about the concept of musicality and why it's important in music. Though it sounds like a daunting feat, there is a map in the music [...]

December 1st, 2018|How To, Uncategorized|0 Comments

When to Change Your Reeds

Know when to change your reeds. The reed is one of the most important parts of a working woodwind instrument. The vibrating reed is the source of your sound when you blow on your instrument. It is thus very important that you take meticulous care of your reeds! However, they don't last forever. The following [...]

September 27th, 2018|How To, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Bizarre Instruments

Bizarre Instruments Innovative minds are making new and crazy instruments every day. This Halloween, we pulled together some of the weirdest and creepiest instruments we could find for you to hear! Armonica Invented by Ben Franklin in 1761. Glass bowls rotate on a wheel and are struck by the player's dampened fingers. Though popular during Franklin's [...]

September 27th, 2018|Uncategorized|0 Comments

What is Musicality Part I

What is Musicality? Thoughts on expressivity from The Music Shoppe's resident singer Part 1: You are going to communicate What is musicality? It's a rather elusive term. Let me explain why: "Musicality is the ability to play a piece perfectly." This definition is technically correct, but there's much more underneath it. Musicality is not [...]

August 20th, 2018|How To, Uncategorized|0 Comments

How to Practice Part I

  How to Practice Part I: The Practice of Practicing Do you have a novice student with no idea how to practice? What they practice will evolve as they grow, but the formula for practice will probably stay the same. If you or your student is struggling, try following this guide to make practice sessions more [...]

July 30th, 2018|How To, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Practice Music Part II: Create Efficient Sessions

How to Practice Part II: Creating Efficient Sessions In Part I, we discussed how your student should practice their instrument. This this section, we'll talk about all of the things surrounding rehearsal: preparation, focus, distractions and more. Once your student has mastered the art of practicing, take a step back [...]

July 27th, 2018|How To|0 Comments

How to use a tuner

How to use a tuner: Turn on your tuner. It should be set to tune at A440, the frequency used most often to tune. If not set correctly, the tuner should have a guide to change this. Make your pitch with one good, long, strong sound.       Observe which way the needle moves: [...]

July 27th, 2018|How To|0 Comments

How to Rosin Your Bow

   How to Rosin Your Bow Hold rosin in your dominant hand, bow in the other with the bow hair facing you. Rub rosin on the bow, gliding it across the hair a few times, until rosin covers all of the hair. The rosin will make the bow look a little discolored when enough is [...]

July 27th, 2018|How To|0 Comments