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Beginning Violinists: How to Avoid 5 Common Mistakes

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The violin is a beautiful instrument that can produce captivating music, but it can also be challenging for beginners. Learning how to play the violin requires patience, dedication, and practice. However, even with all these qualities in mind, it’s easy for beginner violinists to make mistakes that hinder their progress. So, to become a good violinist, one needs to understand the mistake and never repeat it again.
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Why Choose an Acoustic-Electric Violin?

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In the music industry, singers and songwriters also invest in choosing and buying high-quality instruments. According to some research, knowing how to play a musical instrument can enhance an individual’s tune. Aside from that, it also enhances your brain functions.

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Video Clip of The Week: Daisy Jopling, “Country Hope”

In this time of darkness, it is important to always be moving towards the light. I’m very happy to share with you this week’s Video Clip, the uplifting and inspirational “Country Hope,” from violinist Daisy Jopling, who is joined here by a chorus of contributing female vocalists. Blending soft rock, modern classical, and lite country genres, “Country Hope” is both soothing and anthemic simultaneously; harnessing the momentum of the recent Women’s marches, remdinding us lyrically that “We Have It All,” and the power to shape our reality is within us. As a side note, if you live in an area that got pummeled by last week’s blizzard, you will surely also appreciate the conjuring of springtime and creative rebirth evoked by this gorgeous video, which is shot entirely outdoors.

For those in the NYC area, Jopling will perform music from her just-release album, The Awakening (her first album of original compositions), at Manhattan’s Cutting Room on Friday, February 18th, 2017 with a 7:30 PM set time. In concert, Jopling often switches between a 1778 Antonio Gragnani violin and her Yamaha electric violin, which sounds exciting! I can remember seeing violinist Lili Haydn open for Page and Plant at Madison Square Garden many years ago now, and she blew my mind, so this show should be pretty cool. The Awakening is now available on the Fleur De Son Classics label, as the first crossover signing on this classical music label’s roster. Enjoy!


Green Violin

Green Violin
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The Green Violin (Grune Geige), 1974, was created by a collaboration between artists Joseph Beuys and Henning Christiansen. It is a multiple, being one of 293 identical pieces, and can be found in the permanent collection of the Museum of Modern Art in NYC.


Opera Gallery Presents Contemporary Masters

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It’s not even June, but it already feels like the galleries are winding down for a summer of dormancy. Opera Gallery in Soho just launched a group show, Contemporary Masters, that contains a few interesting pieces but had a surprisingly low Wow Factor. Here are a few pieces that stood out for me.
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