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    Pinky promise: the Pinky Hold bowing aid

    2018-12-06T11:23:00Z

    By helping to anchor a student’s little finger in place on the heel of their bow, the Pinky Hold is designed to avoid stiffness and encourage the development of muscle memory. Made of soft, hypoallergenic silicone and available in a range of colours, it weighs 3g ...

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    A cut above: Lee Valley stainless steel pocket plane

    2018-12-06T11:17:00Z

    To celebrate its 40th anniversary, Canadian woodworking firm Lee Valley has produced a limited-edition version of its pocket plane in corrosion-resistant stainless steel and with a nickel-plated lever cap. The plane measures approximately 115mm by 30mm and weighs 285g; its blade measures 22mm across and is ...

  • Warchal Timbre violin strings
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    Core values: Warchal Timbre violin strings

    2018-12-06T11:06:00Z

    A new answer to an old problem – and novel packaging too Developing a string with the warmth of gut, the stability of synthetics and the projection of steel has long preoccupied engineers faced with the complex demands of 21st-century musicians. As Warchal founder Bohdan Warchal ...

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    Firmly grounded: the Cellobrett endpin anchor

    2018-12-06T10:49:00Z

    The Cellobrett has been designed to offer the security of a cord-fixed endpin stopper with the flexibility of one adhered to the ground. According to the manufacturer, the polyoxymethylene plastic body neither squeaks nor ‘rings’, will not slip against any floor surface and is suitable for straight ...

  • Jameasy
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    Stay Tuned: the Jameasy bluetooth practice device

    2018-12-06T10:43:00Z

    Clipped to the scroll of the violin, the Jameasy device monitors intonation and rhythm and displays its findings via a smartphone or tablet connected with Bluetooth. Hundreds of pieces at numerous levels are available from the Jameasy music library, with detailed visual feedback given for accuracy of ...

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    Hot off the press: A violin to download and print out

    2018-12-06T10:23:00Z

    In 2014 David Perry created the F-F-Fiddle, an electric violin for which anyone (in theory) could download the ‘parts’ and ‘print’ them out on their 3D printer. Building on subsequent technological advances, Perry has now designed the Modular Fiddle, a 3D-printed acoustic violin with parts – or ...

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    In focus: 1764 violin by Giovanni Battista Gabrielli

    2018-12-05T13:09:00Z

    In this article from the February 2009 issue, Gabriele Rossi Rognoni examines an instrument by probably the most prominent Florentine maker, about whom very little information survives. Photographs by Marco Rabatti, Serge Domingie

  • Leila Schayegh
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    Leila Schayegh's top 5 tips on historically informed vibrato

    2018-12-04T17:30:00Z

    The Baroque violinist shares her wisdom on how to use vibrato authentically

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    Life Lessons: Alban Gerhardt

    2018-12-03T13:09:00Z

    The German cellist on an 18th birthday gift and the accessible appeal of the cello repertoire

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    Masterclass: Schubert Quartet no.14, ‘Death And The Maiden’

    2018-11-30T12:41:00Z

    Second violinist of the Chiaroscuro Quartet, Pablo Hernán Benedí , looks at the first movement of a work filled with secrets, threats, drama and tension