No. 185, September 2010

No. 185, September 2010

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Taking the El Sistema Challenge
The LA Phil wants to save string education in the USA. Advocates say America might have something to learn about itself in the process By Kim Kowsky

Tapping the Roots of Expression
Regina Carter explores traditional African music and finds that the violin family tree has many branches By Eric Fine

10 Ways a Digital Recorder Can Improve Your Technique
Handheld digital flash recorders pack more features into less space every year By Erin Shrader

Long-distance Learner: The Benefits of Videoconference Lessons
So easy, violin virtuosos can do it. But here are a few pointers on getting started By Rory Williams

Plug and Play: Include a Video Camera in Your Lesson Plan
How to keep up with Generation Net—on a budget By Sushma Subramanian


A Musical Life
Hospital Trio Offers Rehab with Strings Attached Musical outreach program helps waken unresponsive patients By Jessica Melton

Center Stage
Carpe Diem String Quartet Stays True to Its Name Seizing the day, and improvising a career, is all in a day's work By Cory Ramey

In Print
Handel's 'new' Violin Sonatas, 3 Purcell songs for string quartet, a collection of American old-time fiddle tunes, and more

Master Class
Eugène Ysaÿe's String Trios: Challenging Musical Treasures These neglected works are a rich and rewarding addition to the trio repertoire By Tor Johan Bøen

Miscellany World's Biggest Fiddle? By Greg Cahill

New Products
Yahama refines the SV-250 Pro, Larsen's Fractional Cello Strings, and more By Erin Shrader

News & Notes
New York violinist joins the Iraqi National Symphony, Julia Fischer records Paganini, Fairfax Elementary string teachers score a victory and more, plus News Briefs By Rory Williams

News Spotlight
2010 Indianapolis Violin Competition Gets Under Way Jaime Laredo, Augustin Hadelich take us inside the 'Olympics of the violin world' By Katie Robbins

On My Music Stand
New Dragonetti Edition Puts the Bass in the Lead Role String Quintet No. 18 is a pure gem for chamber players in search of a richly textured work By Chi-Chi Nwanoku

On Record
Misha Keylin revists Vieuxtemps, Mendelssohn meets Music@Menlo, violist Kim Kashkashian returns, and other CD reviews

Play It!
Whiskey Before Breakfast

Practical Musician
How to Prepare, Sell, and Book a Concert Tour Four essential tips before, during, and after hitting the road By Louise Lee

Strings 101
3 Ways to Get a Hand on Your Pizzicato Technique Sometimes a bowed stringed instrument requires a hands-on approach By Paul Stein

Strings Trade
The hammer drops on a famed Philly violin shop, and more, plus Bench Marks By Erin Shrader

Teaching Strings
Building Confidence: Creative String Instructor's Tool Chest Four teaching strategies to help foster expressive playing By Christopher Roberts

Your Instrument
A Good Fingerboard Enhances Sound and Feels Just Right The fingerboard's complex curves create comfort and clarity in all registers By John Waddle

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