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String Courses 2021: Start your course hunting here!

2020-05-18T14:13:00+01:00

Before you start combing through the string courses listed in this guide, take a look at these suggestions to help find the course that’s right for you

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Ask the Experts: how to help a beginner pupil with intonation issues

2022-09-14T11:15:00+01:00

Strad readers submit their problems and queries about string playing, teaching or making to our experts

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Opinion: How learning a language can inform musical practice

2022-09-05T07:32:00+01:00

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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Neesa Sunar: How I use the mutuality of Intentional Peer Support in my music teaching

2022-08-10T23:16:00+01:00

To aid students who have hit a barrier in learning, violist and clinical telehealth therapist Neesa Sunar provides four teaching scenarios which benefit from the empathetic approach of Intentional Peer Support

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‘I can see good tone’ - Suzuki’s tonalisation exercises

2022-08-08T09:42:00+01:00

With musical examples, Helen Brunner examines how Suzuki’s tonalisation exercises are used to create a beautiful sound on the violin. From the September 2021 issue

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5 ways to engage teenage string students in learning and performing a piece of music

2022-07-19T08:34:00+01:00

Violist with the Bath Festival Orchestra, Cameron Howe, shares his experiences of teaching teenagers as part of the orchestra’s outreach work

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Looking after your instrument: a beginner’s guide on how to change your strings

2022-06-30T09:50:00+01:00

From the Women in Lutherie community: Munich-based luthier Lisa Hellmich provides a handy picture guide on how to change your strings with ease

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Looking after your instrument: a guide to cleaning and polishing

2022-06-29T08:39:00+01:00

Luthier Nurgul Comak offers a guide on instilling good cleaning habits and techniques to ensure the health and longevity of your stringed instrument

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Looking after your instrument: an introduction to soundposts

2022-06-28T08:53:00+01:00

What is a soundpost? What does it do? Luthier Cecilia González from the Women in Lutherie community illustrates the enormous role of the little cylindrical piece of wood in an aim to demystify the subject for players

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Looking after your instrument: the secret to bridge placement

2022-06-27T13:16:00+01:00

Is a reluctance to adjust your own bridge resulting in unnecessary trips to the luthier? Paris Andrew from the Women in Lutherie community explains how it’s done

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How to teach adult string students

2022-05-25T07:50:00+01:00

Teaching adults need not be a daunting prospect. For Alice McVeigh the rewards outweigh the problems, as she reveals in her guide for tutors. From 2014

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Learning a violin as an adult: How do you progress beyond practising for exams?

2022-05-24T08:05:00+01:00

How can an adult amateur, beginning or relearning an instrument, progress beyond practising for exams? Three tutors examine the various options – as well as suggesting ways to combat shyness

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How should string teachers approach an advanced adult pupil?

2022-05-23T07:59:00+01:00

Understanding the physique and psyche of a new adult pupil should not be taken lightly, writes Pauline Harding

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5 insights on mental health from The Strad archives

2022-05-03T08:13:00+01:00

As we embark on Mental Health Awareness Month this May, take a look at some views on mental health from the perspective of students, luthiers and players

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The Strad Podcast Episode #40: Naomi Yandell on teaching beginner bow holds

2022-04-07T08:30:00+01:00

A must-listen episode for anyone flummoxed by the tricky concept of teaching new string players how to hold a bow

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Applying for funding: an insight from Tina Vadaneaux, Continuo Foundation

2022-03-21T12:20:00+00:00

Founder and CEO of Continuo Foundation Tina Vadaneaux answers some frequently asked questions for those stumped by grant applications

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A string quartet is an ‘instrument’ that students must master

2022-03-18T14:23:00+00:00

Graham Oppenheimer, senior chamber music tutor at Chetham’s School of Music, shares some of his teaching strategies for school-age students

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10 tips for achieving long-term success with your quartet

2022-03-16T12:12:00+00:00

The Henschel Quartet from Germany celebrated its 25th year in 2016. Here the group gives tips on achieving longevity in a chamber career

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Fake it ’til you make it: The art of orchestral faking

2022-02-22T12:23:00+00:00

Cellist and online editor Davina Shum has spent countless hours in orchestra choosing what to play and what to pretend to play. Here she illustrates the necessary skill that can only be described as molto fake-issimo

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How to help music students with sightreading

2022-02-22T11:40:00+00:00

If your students only brush up their sightreading at exam time, they're missing out on an important part of music making