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  • Layale Chaker
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    4 reasons why Arabic poetry inspires me

    2019-05-14T16:41:00Z

    To tie in with our review of her Inner Rhyme CD, Lebanese violinist Layale Chaker explains why she finds musical inspiration in Arabic poetry

  • Violin Scroll
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    7 tips on motivating yourself to practise

    2019-05-13T16:23:00Z

    7 different string players share their wisdom on maintaining motivation - as featured over the last 10 years in The Strad

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    Blue Sky Teaching

    2019-05-10T21:31:00Z

    String tutors are always looking for ways to help students develop or refine their technique, and some use unconventional approaches. Judith Kogan spoke with three such teachers, all based in North America and whose unique ideas are achieving significant results

  • Tchaikovsky
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    5 views on Tchaikovsky's Violin Concerto

    2019-05-07T16:36:00Z

    Five violinists share their insights into this pillar of the repertoire in these snippets of interviews featured in The Strad

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    6 ways to improve shifting for string players

    2019-05-06T09:45:00Z

    Advice on how to shift smoothly and cleanly from 120 years of The Strad

  • Alfred Staar - a 'typical representative of the so-called Viennese School'
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    Alfred Staar on what constitutes the Viennese School

    2019-04-30T15:40:00Z

    Alfred Staar’s influence continues to be felt today – no fewer than 22 of his former students currently hold posts in the Vienna Philharmonic. Inga Brandini shares a conversation with the professor from 15 March 2000, shortly before his death a month later

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    Stringtelligence by Thomastik-Infeld: wolf tones and string buzzing

    2019-04-26T09:29:00Z Sponsored by Thomastik-Infeld

    In the second of the new blog series for The Strad celebrating Thomastik-Infeld’s 100th anniversary, Franz Klanner, the Austrian string manufacturer’s director of engineering and technology, shares his experience in how to tame a wolf tone and get rid of irritating string buzzing

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    Yogic principles and string playing

    2019-04-25T09:14:00Z

    Cellist Ruth Phillips looks at the connections between yoga, playing an instrument and making music through the elements of breath, gravity and the wave

  • Paganini
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    The secret behind Paganini's amazing technique

    2019-04-18T11:00:00Z

    Generations of violinists have tried to discover what it was that made Paganini so legendary. In this article from 2014, the late great Ruggiero Ricci shared his thoughts with Strad readers

  • Eldbjørg Hemsing playing Tan Dun
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    Tan Dun and Eldbjørg Hemsing on their latest collaboration

    2019-04-16T13:00:00Z

    Chinese composer Tan Dun’s new concerto for Norwegian violinist Eldbjørg Hemsing draws on traditions common to the homelands of both artists. Andrew Mellor speaks to them about this latest in a series of collaborations