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Do different rosin brands actually perform differently? We put 7 to the test

2018-08-22T16:01:00+01:00

The Strad’s editor Charlotte Smith and contributing editor Pauline Harding put seven rosins to the test and discover a world of difference between brand and type

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Pickup or microphone? Choosing what's right for your bowed string instrument

2018-07-10T14:38:00+01:00

With such a variety of electronic pickups, microphones and now hybrid systems on the market, finding the perfect amplification solution isn’t always easy. Kimon Daltas considers the options

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‘Suzuki kids grow up in an environment where everybody's supported and where difficult skills are broken down into something more achievable’
How the Suzuki teaching method has become an unparalleled success around the globe since its founding in 1945.

‘I ask students to relinquish their dependence on vibrato and focus on the expressive potential of the bow’
Why conservatoires should embrace Historically Informed Performance.

Cellist Christian-Pierre La Marca on how is latest recording project is designed to highlight the environmental challenges facing humanity

'The idea of applying a neural network to musical acoustics seemed quite far-fetched' The science of violin acoustics has encompassed 3D scanning, CNC technology and good old-fashioned tap tones - so why not AI software

'Shafran could replace a good number of shifts with a stretch, moving around the fingerboard in an almost violinistic manner'. Russian cellist Daniil Shafran was one of the 20th century's most distinctive musicians

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    Making a carbon fibre bow in 10 steps – photo story

    2017-11-15T16:44:00+00:00

    Founded in 1999, Arcus has developed a reputation for making lightweight, durable bows from non-traditional materials. Company director Bernd Müsing explains how a composite bow is made, from initial design to first hair fitting

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    Advances in string manufacture: the latest developments

    2017-11-09T16:32:00+00:00

    There are hundreds of strings available on the market already, and new releases seem never ending. But just why are these developments happening, how necessary are they, and how are musicians involved in that process? Pauline Harding asks string manufacturers and testers worldwide

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    Protection and portability: five of our favourite violin cases reviewed

    2017-11-07T16:15:00+00:00

    The number of instrument cases available can make finding your perfect partner a daunting process. Charlotte Smith takes five cases by leading manufacturers BAM, For-Tune, Gewa, Musafia and Negri on the road to test security, mobility and the range of features available

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