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    The Strad Masterclass: Solo Violin Book


    Inspiring performance advice on key string repertoire from today’s top players

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    The Best of Technique


    In The Best of Technique you’ll discover the top playing tips of the world’s leading string players and teachers. It’s packed full of exercises for students, plus examples from the standard repertoire to show you how to integrate the technique into your playing.

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    The Strad Calendar 2022: Dutch treasures


    The Strad Calendar 2022 showcases twelve of the finest instruments belonging to the Dutch Musical Instruments Foundation.

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Masterclass: Bach Cello Suite no.5, Prélude, by Jean-Guihen Queyras

Practical tips to help you master the challenges of this most fundamental of repertoire


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Masterclass: Schumann’s Adagio and Allegro op.70

Cellist Wolfgang Emanuel Schmidt discusses how to produce a true legato and varied tone colours appropriate to this tempestuous work. From February 2016

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‘A teacher should be most aware of a student’s health, both mental and physical’ - bassist Mary Condliffe

The Cardiff-based double bass pedagogue explains why her students’ health is her biggest concern, in this interview from April 2012


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Alexander technique: Thoughts that count

Violinist and Alexander technique specialist Alun Thomas details pathways to effortless expression using three real-life student examples


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Technique: Playing the viola with a small frame

Fingerings and tricks to reduce pain and over-exertion for petite musicians

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Double bass technique: Back muscles, weight, and flexibility in the right hand

How to get the most out of your body when playing the double bass, by Dan Styffe, principal bassist for the Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra and professor at the Norwegian Academy of Music