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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|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

How to Practice with a Metronome

How to practice with a metronome Your metronome can be simple, with only a dial and power switch, or it can be highly sophisticated, with multiple programs and play options. For new players, opt for a simple metronome and upgrade as needed. Set your speed: Your metronome with have a dial with numbers ranging from [...]

July 27th, 2018|How To|0 Comments

Practice Journals

Have you gotten a practice journal yet? Sometimes when students practice, they end up playing through their music without stopping to work on difficult passages or improve their playing ability. Does that sound like a good use of rehearsal time? The key to developing as a successful musician is through productive practice, and [...]

July 27th, 2018|How To|0 Comments

The Star Spangled Banner

The Star Spangled Banner Francis Scott Key and The Defence of Fort M'Henry Francis Scott Key was a lawyer and recreational poet who in 1814, wrote the poem "The Defence of Fort M'Henry." Key volunteered to board British ships to negotiate the release of American prisoners. While on board, he heard British generals discussing the [...]

June 29th, 2018|Uncategorized|0 Comments