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Focus Thursday, 06 March 2014

6 ways to avoid an angry soloist

Growing numbers of musicians are speaking out against bad audience behaviour, finds Charlotte Smith

The subject of audience etiquette has long been a cause of controversy. Are performers too precious and remote if they fail to see the funny side of the man snoring in the front row? Does the expectation...

News Thursday, 06 March 2014

Research discovers links between wealth and musical skill

An online study involving 147,000 people finds correlations between affluence and musical sophistication and ability

Research by Goldsmith’s University in London suggests that wealthier people are more musical. The results, published in science journal PLOS ONE, follow what the institution...

Focus Wednesday, 05 March 2014

From the archive: who was the first female violinist?

The Strad marks International Women's Day 2014 with this gem from the archives, in which our writer of 1894 ponders the name of the first violinist 'of the fair sex'

Who was the first female violinist? This is no conundrum; nor do we offer a prize for the first correct answer to the question. All the same, it would be interesting to know the name of the first of...

News Wednesday, 05 March 2014

Ariane Todes to leave The Strad

Ariane Todes, editor of The Strad, is to leave the magazine following a restructuring of the team to support the online and magazine sides of the brand. Todes joined the magazine in 2002 and became ...

News Wednesday, 05 March 2014

Studies reveal musical training in childhood aids language learning ability

Just one hour a week of musical interaction greatly increases linguistic aptitude, even into adulthood

Children who study music from a young age demonstrate a greater aptitude for learning languages, even into adulthood, claims Liisa Henriksson-Macaulay, author of The Music Miracle: The Scientific...

Focus Wednesday, 05 March 2014

Ask the Experts: helping double-jointed students

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

In the third of the series, five teachers and health specialists respond to a reader's query on how best to teach a double jointed student.Do you have a burning question about...

Focus Tuesday, 04 March 2014

Your desk or mine? The pleasures and pitfalls of having an orchestral desk-partner

Classical music agony aunt Alice McVeigh offers some tips for a harmonious relationship

As an online agony aunt for classical musicians, I’m often asked how to cope with erring desk-partners. Oddly enough, it isn’t players in full-time orchestras who generally write about this...

Focus Tuesday, 04 March 2014

8 views on intonation

Tips and tricks on playing in tune – or giving the impression of playing in tune – from 100 years of The Strad

‘De Beriot, in his violin school, very wisely wrote: “True intonation in double strings requires an exquisite sense of harmony. In order to acquire this precious quality, the pupil must ...

Blogs Tuesday, 04 March 2014

Cellist Jan Vogler on life before the fall of the Berlin Wall

The former principal cellist of Staatskapelle Dresden is interviewed for The Strad's March 2014 German issue

I was 25 when the Wall fell 25 years ago. For the first half of my life I built up my musical resources to be ready for the second part, to travel and perform in the free world. If I had continued to...

News Monday, 03 March 2014

Menuhin Competition 2014 announces winners

Violinists Stephen Waarts and Rennosuke Fukuda triumph in the Senior and Junior Divisions

The winners of the 2014 Menuhin Competition, which took place in Austin, Texas from 21 February to 2 March, have been named as 17-year-old Dutch-American violinist Stephen Waarts in the Senior Division...

serene violin solo pre-1917
Hi folks. For a story I'm writing I'd like suggestions for the most serene and...
I want to try some new strings on my violin. It's English, 1875, and has quite...
violin left hand position
I have a new student , quite advanced, who has a 'double jointed' left thumb...
Electric violin and bows stolen in London
My friend John Garner's asking for help regarding his electric violin. Please...
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