Free Beginner Bass Scales

The nice thing about teaching strings is, unlike band instruments, all the instruments are the same… almost!  The double bass is somewhat of an oddball, being played standing, only able to play two notes per string, and tuned in fourths … Read More

Troubleshooting Peg Problems on Stringed Instruments

  It’s winter, it’s dry, and… it’s the season for slipping pegs.  Or it’s summer and humid, and pegs are stuck.  You try to start class, and you are regularly interrupted by peg problems.  It is such a time-waster!  So … Read More

How to Wind Strings Properly

  Have you been winding your strings properly on your violin, viola or cello?  It’s not just about aesthetics or neatness.  Properly wound strings create forces that can prevent pegs from slipping.  If a string is not wound properly, the … Read More

Hoodie-Free Zone!

Highschoolers…. They seem to live and sleep in their hoodies these days!  But they get in the way of holding the violin and viola properly. Finally, tired of reminding my violin and viola students to remove their hoodies, I made … Read More

SmartMusicTeacher at OMEA Counterpoint 2018

Wow, what a week!  It started last Monday and Tuesday with my school’s two-day music retreat.  Then on Wednesday, Halloween night, exhausted from teaching and from the retreat, I was offered a last-minute table for Friday and Saturday at the … Read More

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