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The Viennese double bass: The long pattern

2022-09-30T08:17:00+01:00

In the 18th and 19th centuries, double basses made in Vienna had distinctive shapes and characteristics that gave them tremendous sound quality.

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Technique: Developing powerful base knuckles

2022-09-28T08:15:00+01:00

Stephen Upshaw on developing powerful base knuckles in both hands for tension-free playing

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Cellist Pablo Casals on expressive intonation

2022-09-16T07:00:00+01:00

The great artist believed that 50 per cent of a player's total dramatic power lay in exaggerated intonation, writes former pupil Pamela Hind O'Malley

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‘He is a similar weirdo, in the good sense!’ - Rick Stotijn: Stepping into the spotlight

2022-09-15T08:17:00+01:00

Double bassist Rick Stotijn is a musical pioneer, playing in every style and context from solo, chamber and orchestral music to rock and metal.

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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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Inside October's magazine

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Dutch double bassist Rick Stotijn speaks to Kimon Daltas about his quest for original repertoire for his instrument, and his new album.

Alex Kanzian examines the distinguishing features of the Viennese Double Bass in the 18th and 19th centuries.

Aaron McGregor gives a potted history of Scottish Fiddle Dance Music.

Violinist Rachel Barton Pine shares with Harry White her project to record Florence Price’s Violin Concerto no.2 in this month's Session Report.

Some of today’s leading soloists tell Charlotte Gardner how musicians can develop their own sound to stand out at a time when so much playing seems to sound the same.

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The Viennese double bass: The long pattern

2022-09-30T08:17:00+01:00

In the 18th and 19th centuries, double basses made in Vienna had distinctive shapes and characteristics that gave them tremendous sound quality.

Headshot door pc Matthew Johnson

Technique: Developing powerful base knuckles

2022-09-28T08:15:00+01:00

Stephen Upshaw on developing powerful base knuckles in both hands for tension-free playing

Fig 6. Niel & Donald Gow

Scottish fiddle dance music: Invitation to the dance

The influence of fiddle dance music that emerged in 18th century Scotland still echoes through the reels and strathspeys of today.

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String education in regional Western Australia: Sitting on a gold mine

In exploring the past and present of string teaching in regional Western Australia, Rita Fernandes finds examples of both progress and regression, all pointing to the fact that where there is opportunity, there is demand and potential

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A Massive Achievement: the ‘Romanov’ Nicolò Amati viola

Made in 1677, the ‘Romanov’ Nicolò Amati viola is one of the maker’s late masterpieces. Alberto Giordano and Rudolf Hopfner investigate its turbulent history and examine how it fits into the Amati family’s oeuvre

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Long read: Salted Soundboards and Sweet Sounds

‘Salt improves the voice of all sorts of instruments,’ wrote scholar Bernard Palissy in 1580, and analysis of several samples of wood has shown that ancient masters did treat wood with substances which were then defined as salts. In our June 1991 issue, Rémy Gug investigated the subject of salt-impregnation ...

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Pietro Castrucci: Resurrecting a Baroque maverick

When Gerald Elias unearthed music by the little-known London-based 18th‑century composer and virtuoso violinist Pietro Castrucci, he discovered a unique and independent musical voice

Headshot door pc Matthew Johnson

Technique: Developing powerful base knuckles

Stephen Upshaw on developing powerful base knuckles in both hands for tension-free playing

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Masterclass: Debussy Cello Sonata

Abel Selaocoe delves deep into the first movement of Debussy’s only sonata for cello

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Finding your own sound: Standing out from the crowd

In a world that seems to value homogeneous perfection, how do you develop an individual voice on your instrument?

Masterclass: Hummel Sonata op.5 no.3 for Piano and Viola

Violist Tabea Zimmermann offers her advice on how to practise this playful, virtuosic work

Technique: Teaching collé

Marcos Santos, teacher at the University of São Paulo, Brazil, on how to work on this short, articulated bow stroke to improve students’ overall bow control and sound

Fig 6. Niel & Donald Gow

Scottish fiddle dance music: Invitation to the dance

The influence of fiddle dance music that emerged in 18th century Scotland still echoes through the reels and strathspeys of today.

Karijini National Park - pc getty

String education in regional Western Australia: Sitting on a gold mine

In exploring the past and present of string teaching in regional Western Australia, Rita Fernandes finds examples of both progress and regression, all pointing to the fact that where there is opportunity, there is demand and potential

Amati_VA_1677_belly

A Massive Achievement: the ‘Romanov’ Nicolò Amati viola

Made in 1677, the ‘Romanov’ Nicolò Amati viola is one of the maker’s late masterpieces. Alberto Giordano and Rudolf Hopfner investigate its turbulent history and examine how it fits into the Amati family’s oeuvre

salted

Long read: Salted Soundboards and Sweet Sounds

‘Salt improves the voice of all sorts of instruments,’ wrote scholar Bernard Palissy in 1580, and analysis of several samples of wood has shown that ancient masters did treat wood with substances which were then defined as salts. In our June 1991 issue, Rémy Gug investigated the subject of salt-impregnation ...

Enraged_musician Hogarth

Pietro Castrucci: Resurrecting a Baroque maverick

When Gerald Elias unearthed music by the little-known London-based 18th‑century composer and virtuoso violinist Pietro Castrucci, he discovered a unique and independent musical voice

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Violin making in Seoul: Gangnam style

Over the past decade, a wide community of violin and bow makers has grown up in the Seocho district of Seoul. Luthier Hagit Gili Gluska speaks to colleagues young and old, both local and from overseas, who have made this area their home

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The Viennese double bass: The long pattern

In the 18th and 19th centuries, double basses made in Vienna had distinctive shapes and characteristics that gave them tremendous sound quality.

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