Small instrument size variance

There are few things I enjoy more in my job than seeing a young child walk out with their first instrument!  The joy on their face, the anticipation of the first lesson, the look of trepidation on their parents’ face…   Many young children start out on...

Rushad Eggleston

I had another internet encounter with the unique presence of Rushad Eggleston this week…I found his video of “Fluffy Arabian Cat Disease” for a friend who had never seen him before.  If the title of that song doesn’t pique your interest,...

Spring is springing

The weather is changing.  The evenings are longer.  It’s getting warmer.  Apart from being happier and finally getting a dose of sun-provided vitamin D, does the weather change have any effect on your instrument?  If you haven’t made any bridge changes...

5-string bass…a great solution

I’m going to write today about the virtues of a 5-string bass.  In North American orchestras, when extended range is required, we most often see extensions (most often down to the note “C”).  An extension involves lengthening the fingerboard above...

Tampa – we are here!

I arrived in Tampa, Florida today for the American String Teachers Association conference. I’ll be representing Indiana both as the chapter president and also in my role as manager of Encore Orchestral Strings. I’m excited about both hats I’ll wear...