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Dutch double bassist Rick Stotijn speaks to Kimon Daltas about his quest for original repertoire for his instrument, and his new album.

Alex Kanzian examines the distinguishing features of the Viennese Double Bass in the 18th and 19th centuries.

Aaron McGregor gives a potted history of Scottish Fiddle Dance Music.

Violinist Rachel Barton Pine shares with Harry White her project to record Florence Price’s Violin Concerto no.2 in this month's Session Report.

Some of today’s leading soloists tell Charlotte Gardner how musicians can develop their own sound to stand out at a time when so much playing seems to sound the same.

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The Viennese double bass: The long pattern

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In the 18th and 19th centuries, double basses made in Vienna had distinctive shapes and characteristics that gave them tremendous sound quality.

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Trade Secrets: Using Baker-style mechanics on a double bass

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How to fit these brass pegs, gears and tuners, as used by English bass makers in times gone by

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Technique: Developing powerful base knuckles

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Stephen Upshaw on developing powerful base knuckles in both hands for tension-free playing

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Scottish fiddle dance music: Invitation to the dance

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The influence of fiddle dance music that emerged in 18th century Scotland still echoes through the reels and strathspeys of today.

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The Viennese double bass: The long pattern

2022-09-30T08:17:00+01:00

In the 18th and 19th centuries, double basses made in Vienna had distinctive shapes and characteristics that gave them tremendous sound quality.

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Trade Secrets: Using Baker-style mechanics on a double bass

2022-09-28T09:36:00+01:00

How to fit these brass pegs, gears and tuners, as used by English bass makers in times gone by

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‘As a violist, you’re in the thick of it’ - Hank Dutt’s life lessons

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The American Kronos Quartet violist on his enduring love for chamber music

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‘It has to be connected to your soul’ - Nobuko Imai on Mozart Symphony no.40

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The Japanese violist recalls how playing Mozart’s Symphony no.40 under Pablo Casals proved a life-changing experience

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‘When writing for strings, it’s through bluegrass that I find my voice’ - Premiere of the Month: Against the Current

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A work of opposing forces, marking a young composer’s stylistic growth

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Competitions, Awards and Appointments: October 2022

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This month’s competition results, appointments and forthcoming contests

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‘My prayers have finally been answered’: Letters to the editor October 2022

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A selection of letters The Strad receives each month from its readers around the world: October 2022 issue

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October 2022: Editor’s welcome and contents

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The Strad’s editor Emma Baker introduces the October 2022 issue

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‘My prayers have finally been answered’: Letters to the editor October 2022

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A selection of letters The Strad receives each month from its readers around the world: October 2022 issue

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October 2022: Editor’s welcome and contents

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The Strad’s editor Emma Baker introduces the October 2022 issue

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The Viennese double bass: The long pattern

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Trade Secrets: A ‘plug and plate’ repair for a double bass neck

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A detailed alternative method for a difficult neck and pegbox repair

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‘A rich, chocolatey, nutty tone’: Rick Stotijn’s basses

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The double bassist outlines his range of instruments he uses to suit particular repertoire

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Concert review: Elena Urioste (violin) Ben Goldscheider (horn) City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra/Kazuki Yamada

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Book review: 75 Years on 4 Strings: The Life and Music of François Rabbath

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Opinion: Does an orchestra’s home hall define its sound?

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Edwin Barker, principal double bass of the Boston Symphony, argues that an orchestra’s ‘home’ concert hall shapes the unique character of the ensemble

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Opinion: How learning a language can inform musical practice

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Naomi Yandell’s efforts to learn a language using Duolingo have inspired her to rethink the way she teaches her own students, particularly with regard to repetitive practice

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Edwin Barker, principal double bass of the Boston Symphony, argues that an orchestra’s ‘home’ concert hall shapes the unique character of the ensemble

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