A sticky situation

Rosin.  If you play a violin-family instrument and use a bow with horsehair, you are familiar with the stuff.  It comes in many price points, packaging, and formulations, but its core purpose is the same – create the friction between the bow hair and the string...

Shhhh…

One of the items that really flies off the shelves at the beginning of every school year are mutes.  But which one?  When customers ask for a mute, I always ask if it is for playing in orchestra or for practicing at home.  In the photo below, the mute on the left is a...

COVID and ever-evolving information

All you need to do is turn on the news or fire up your preferred social media outlet and you can find an avalanche of articles, studies, and advice regarding staying safe from COVID-19.  As string musicians, this virus impacts every aspect of our lives.  Concerts are...

Support your teachers

What a year.  Against the backdrop of COVID-19, the 2020-2021 school year begins.  I can’t think of another moment in my lifetime when so many people have been faced with such difficult decisions regarding going back to school.  One thing I do know is that all...

Lynn Harrell

Another giant of the cello world has passed.  I found this article to beautifully outline his life and accomplishments: https://www.npr.org/2020/04/28/847462222/cellist-lynn-harrell-has-died-age-76 And while the video is old and the quality is bad, I cherished this...

A cello journey – part VII

Last week we left me with a beautiful cello from Michael Koeberling, but feeling like I had broken my own rule to get it and found myself with another lovely sounding cello that didn’t quite have what my heart wanted. The three years I played this cello found all...