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'Avoid hitting the fingerboard or merely placing the fingers: drop them'

7 ways to increase finger speed and minimise tension from The Strad:

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The 2016 Alice & Eleonore Schoenfeld International String Competition - Harbin, currently taking place in China, has announced its 13 ‪#‎violin‬ semi-finalists:

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Let the Friday fun begin...

Video: a ‪#‎violinist‬ loses control of her bow – which threatens to go flying – during a performance of Sarasate’s Zigeunerweisen:

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Video: +Yo-Yo Ma and +Chicago Symphony Orchestra ‪#‎cellists‬ break into spontaneous dance while playing Johann Strauss II's Blue Danube Waltz in the foyer of Symphony Center. The cellists are all using The Block Strap to support their instruments:

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'There was never a fixed pattern for the five-string ‪#‎cello‬, and historical five-strings come in different shapes and sizes'

Three luthiers with experience of creating five-string cellos give their thoughts to an interested reader:

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'You must express yourself with extreme clarity. This has to be exaggerated in front of a large audience.’

Christine Hoock speaks about performing Vanhal’s Double Bass Concerto to The Strad and marks up the sheet music in our August 2016 issue, out now:

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'Staccato is sometimes mistakenly considered to be an innate ability that you either have or don’t have...'

Newly appointed +Portland State University assistant ‪#‎violin‬ professor Tomas Cotik demonstrates techniques and exercises for mastering up- and down-bow ‪#‎staccato‬:

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‘Classical musicians are actually really funny people – they are often just too shy to show their real selves to the audience...’

Video: ‪#‎violinist‬ Ray Chen joined Daniel Jang earlier this month to perform Wieniawski’s Etude Caprice op.18 no.4, and discussed his outlook as a musician:

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The Bass Violin Shop in Greensboro, North Carolina has issued an alert after two ‪#‎doublebasses‬ were stolen from its premises in the early hours yesterday:

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Video: The Strad's August 2016 cover star, ‪#‎cellist‬ Sol Gabetta, performs an encore by Pēteris Vasks at the 2016 +BBC proms just last week. The work includes the opportunity to hear Gabetta sing while playing her instrument:

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A portrait of Joseph Haydn from 1785 has been discovered in an antique store in the US:

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The Strad's August 2016 issue is on sale now, in which Argentinian ‪#‎cellist‬ Sol Gabetta talks about lessons with Geringas, her new +Berliner Philharmoniker recording, and finding another main instrument after twelve years:

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