Category Archive: Music Education Blog

Posting by Craig and guest educators about music education, music appreciation and mentoring children and students.

The Infamous Violin Shaped Object

I had a call from a young lady the other day. She was having trouble keeping her brand new violin in tune. I asked if we had sold it to her. She said no but asked if I would look at it anyway. Of course, I said yes. It was a glossy black violin – …

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Important String Player Resources in Greater Portland

Here in the greater Portland metro area we have some excellent resources for string players. I will also list some links to the best of our our local ensembles, orchestras and luminaries. Violin, viola, cello and bass Teacher list: I have to start by tooting our own horn. We have a very good teacher resource …

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In Praise of Personal Preference and Musical Tolerance

I grew up in the 1950’s and 1960’s. There were not 70 different Billboard music charts like there are today – Adult Alternative, Hot Country, Mainstream Rock, R&B/Hip Hop, etc. You could hear a pretty good cross section of different types of music on your single favorite AM station. But music elitism seems to be …

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“So What’s in it for Me?”

I usually try to find tidbits of information for this blog that you might find interesting but I thought that this time I would mention some reasons you might benefit by choosing Allegro Violin for your next instrument rental or purchase. Ultimately, it’s all about you and your needs and so It is okay for …

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“We Love the Scott Cao STV017!! …You can’t have it back, sorry.”

I recently received a text from a customer. We had shipped them one of our Scott Cao student violins. They paid for it in advance but asked for a little time to try it out. We had agreed to give them 10 days in which they could try it out and keep it or return …

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Paganini’s Greatest Secret

Occasionally, I will find a video that I think will be of some real interest or usefulness to our customers and teachers. I found one that I think is pretty special. The art of bowing can sometimes be a conundrum to both beginners and even advanced players. This may be the most interesting video you’ll …

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WE HAVE CELLOS!

I am getting word back from the vine that some of our local Portland area shops are already starting to run out of cellos. As of right now I have a good selection for rental or sale in all sizes. Rents start at $35 and our most popular Allegro Cello is still only $650 in …

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How to Adjust a Bridge – Critical Information

All advancing string players need to know how to adjust their bridges. The youngest of players should probably put off learning this task off until they are old enough to accomplish it with a reasonable degree of success, which means that it incumbent upon parents of young players to learn the procedure as well. Archtop …

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Elephants for Breakfast, Violins for Lunch

As we enter into summer we are seeing quite a few new faces at our shop – younger and older – that want to take up violin, viola or cello as a new project for the summer. For students it is a convenient time with school out and for older adults it is just a …

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Spotlight on our Teacher Resource Page

I wanted to give a quick heads-up for our Teacher and Music School Resource Page which is accessed from our menu bar near the top of the page. We have tried to make this one of the most complete teacher lists in the Portland metro area. These are all great qualified teachers for you or …

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