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Twisting for Solos, the Violist Is a Quartet’s Odd Player Out
There’s not much to look at when a string quartet is playing. Other than the movements that draw sound from the instruments, the scene is relatively static.
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The World’s Best Violins Sing Like Humans
Some are baritones, some are tenors.
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‘The status quo will be obliterated!’ – the inventors making their own musical instruments
Hundreds of people are beavering away, hoping to create their own game-changing instrument – but most won’t sell a single one. Will any change the future of music?
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The Self-Playing Violins That Mastered Chopin
The robotic Phonoliszt-Violin was dubbed the “Eighth Wonder of the World” in 1910.
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Power of the Mind: You Can Play This Instrument Using Just Your Thoughts
Neurologists have created a musical instrument that can be controlled using only the power of the mind—and its creators hope it could improve life for people living with disabilities.
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Are Catgut Instrument Strings Really Made From Cat Guts? The Answer Might Surprise You
Greek mythology has it that Hermes strung the first lyre with the entrails of freshly slaughtered cows he had stolen from his brother Apollo. In a rage, omniscient Apollo dashed to punish his mischievous brother, but grew calm once he
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How to Choose the Best Guitar, 15 Factors to Consider According to Science
Navigating the surfeit of guitars available at your local music shop or online retailer can be a daunting experience. The sheer number of models, shapes and sizes is confusing. However, there might be a way to simplify the experience with
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On The Stradivarius Myth
In 2011, the Stradivarius violin known as the “Lady Blunt” sold for $15.9 million—four times the amount for any previous Stradivarius. The hefty price tag for these instruments is commensurate with their reputation. The Scottish violinist Nicola Benedetti, who plays
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