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String players should bow with individual fingers rather than the whole hand


Awareness of the movement of each right-hand finger is one of the great secrets of bowing, writes Rok Klopčič

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How Western music came to Mexico


The history of Western music in Mexico is inextricably tied up with religion. Pablo Alfaro and Jaime G. González reveal how European musical traditions permeated the culture of the indigenous people

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The Strad August 2020 issue


Brett Yang and Eddy Chen of YouTube comedy duo TwoSet Violin speak about graduating from viral videos to sold-out stage shows, while Metropolitan Orchestra concertmaster Benjamin Bowman discusses finding the perfect bow. We also look at the benefits of joining a lutherie collective and delve into the history of violin making in Mexico. Plus, there’s an examination of the teaching methods of D.C. Dounis.


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‘One thing I’m grateful for is the amount of practice I did growing up’ – TwoSet Violin


Violinists and YouTube comedy stars Brett Yang and Eddy Chen of TwoSet Violin speak to Kimon Daltas about competition in classical music and the importance of practice

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