The Long Island Violin Shop Blog

December 07, 2017

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The History of Caroling

Caroling began thousands of years ago in Europe as a pagan tradition. Carols were songs that were sung while dancing around stone circles and they were originally sung during every season. It is unclear whether. It is uncertain whether the word carole is derived from the Midieval Latin noun charaula, which is meanas a song accompanied by a flute or reed instrument, or if it is from the Old French verb, “carole” which means to sing with joy or praise.

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December 06, 2017

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"Violin of the Month" - Jacek Mastal Violin

This month we've decided to feature our Jacek Mastal violin. This violin was finished in 2001 at the William Harris Lee & Company violin shop in Chicago. Aside from being a very elegant looking violin, it can be described as having a very sweet sound, especially in the upper register. This violin would be perfect for an advanced or pre conservatory student.

"Violin of the Month" - Jacek Mastal Violin

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What We're Listening To: Giovanni Bottesini "Double Bass Concerto in B Minor"


Giovanni BottesiniGiovanni Bottesini (1821-1889) was an Italian Romantic composer, conductor, and a double bass virtuoso. Bottesini held much acclaim for his mastery – he is often considered the Paganini of the double bass. He contributed so heavily to double bass technique and repertoire, the double bass is now considered a more versatile instrument. Bottesini's innovations allowed composers to utilize the bass in more diverse ways, extending its function and elevating its appreciation.

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December 01, 2017

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As An Adult Beginner, Can I Teach Myself To Play The Violin?

Woman standing and playing the violin

You can try, but we strongly recommend you get a teacher for several reasons. Read more to find out!

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Should I Have An Instrument Before I Meet My Teacher?

You do not need an instrument in-hand before meeting your teacher. In most cases, especially for first-time students, your teacher will want to assist in finding the right instrument for you. This is especially true when renting an instrument, as your teacher may have preferences as to the shop you rent from. Many times, your teacher will have long standing relationships with Luthiers or Music Shops.

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"Viola of the Month" - Roth Viola

Usually we feature a Violin of the Month, but this month we decided to highlight one of our violas. This viola was made in the Ernst Heinrich Roth violin-making shop in the East German town of Marneukirchen.

"Viola of the month" - Roth Viola

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November 10, 2017

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Winter Is Coming: Tips For Cold Weather Instrument Care

It may be autumn now, but winter will be upon us before long. When some people think of winter, their heads are filled with pleasant thoughts of things like hot chocolate – or the sounds of a warm, crackling fire.                         

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