All Focus articles – Page 9

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    Amandine Beyer's top 5 tips for aspiring Baroque violinists

    2018-12-11T19:20:00Z

    The French violinist shares her wisdom on giving a convincing historically-informed performance

  • Eldbjorg Hemsing
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    Eldbjørg Hemsing's top 3 tips on maintaining the spark in your playing

    2018-12-10T16:12:00Z

    The Norwegian violinist, whose disc we review in our December issue, shares her insight on warding off boredom in performances

  • The Music Lesson
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    3 views on developing a positive approach to learning an instrument

    2018-12-10T14:51:00Z

    Three musicians share their ideas, developed from years of teaching experience

  • Schilbach Superior Blanc Violin
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    Master stroke: Schilbach varnishing brush

    2018-12-07T15:04:00Z

    The tapered and split synthetic fibres of this brush are designed to absorb a large volume of oil or spirit varnish, to enable its controlled and uniform application. It has an untreated hornbeam wood handle and solvent-resistant plastic ferrule, eliminating the risk of staining to the ...

  • Musafia
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    Travelling light: Musafia Lievissima Evolution case

    2018-12-07T10:53:00Z

    A high-specification case that makes easy work of instrument transport

  • Thomas Riebl
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    8 questions for Thomas Riebl: on being a violist, his five-string instrument and more

    2018-12-06T13:17:00Z

    Following his workshop at the Shanghai Conservatory’s Viva La Viola Festival, the Austrian soloist and chamber musician talks to our correspondent Nancy Pellegrini

  • Arc Rest
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    Arc Rest: support without elevation

    2018-12-06T11:44:00Z

    A cellular foam pad attached to a piece of lightweight balsa wood, the Arc shoulder rest for violin and viola is held in place using a durable silicone band that minimises its contact with the instrument. The rest weighs just 11 grams and is designed to ...

  • fittings set
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    All kitted out: violin accessory set

    2018-12-06T11:39:00Z

    Manufactured in India to Italian designs, these accessory sets comprise four heart-shaped pegs, a decorative end-button, a Guarneri-style chinrest with Hill-style clamps and a Hill-style tailpiece. They are available in ebony and rosewood with a black trim to the tailpiece and black pin collars and pegs, and in boxwood trimmed ...

  • Schilbach Kevlar tailgut
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    Firmly fastened: the Schilbach Kevlar tailgut

    2018-12-06T11:32:00Z

    Using military-grade materials to improve set-up stability Kevlar is familiar to most people as a material used inside bulletproof vests. According to German manufacturer Schilbach, however, this strength also makes Kevlar a useful component in the tailgut that fastens an instrument’s tailpiece to the button at ...

  • Pinky Hold
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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 ...

  • Lee Valley
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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 ...

  • Cellobrett
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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

  • Alban Gerhardt Kaupo Kikkas
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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

  • chiaroscuro-living-room, cr Eva Vermandel
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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 

  • Wieniawski Strad crop
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    In focus: The ‘Wieniawski’ Stradivarius of 1719

    2018-11-28T12:38:00Z

    In this article from the May 2009 issue, Florian Leonhard takes a close look at a violin which ’encapsulates everything that made Antonio Stradivari such a legendary figure’. Photographs by Richard Valencia