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Featured Dealer: Keller Strings




Located  at 8209 Hampson St, New Orleans, Keller Strings offers a premium selection of violins, violas, cellos, bows, and their accessories.

This second generation full-service violin shop, owned and operated by Paula and John Smith,  has recently earned a nomination by the Louisiana Small Business Development Center for the 2014 SBA awards: Entrepreneurial Success Award and the Family Owned Business Award. They especially enjoy customer service, bows (rehairing and restoration), varnish touchup, restoration, and finding the correct instrument for their customers. 


"I really enjoy the Bow Hold Buddies because it makes my job easier at the shop. If I am showing a beginner (young or old) how to hold a bow and get a tone right away in less than a minute, this is definitely the product to start them off correctly. So many times we want our new customers to feel that they can do this, and fighting with a bow hold is just frustrating for them. I have sold many of these just by saying "I'm just going to show you how this is supposed to feel so you can do it at home!" We also love the Cellophant because of the weight it adds for young children. It is almost impossible to obtain enough weight in a small person to get the C string to make a sound without the Cellophant
Thank you,
Keller Strings"
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Three Areas of "Position Work" in Cello Playing

This question came in today from one of our Twitter Followers:

Hi! I'm Johanna, 17 years old, I am also a cello player. Can you give me some methods for different positions in cello?

Response from Martha Brons, inventor of our CelloPhant® accessory:

There are three areas of "position work" in cello playing.  

  • 1. Lower positions (1st through 4th)
  • 2. Neck positions (5th through 7th)
  • 3. Thumb position

Lower Positions:

Covered by many methods.  

Actually, there is only the closed (all 1/2 steps) and open (whole step between 1st and 2nd finger.)  

Be sure that your thumb is lightly under the neck beneath the 2nd finger, then point your 1st finger back towards your ear, in order to form the whole step.  

Since most of our music is in the lower positions, it is essential to master this technique. 

I use the out of print Carl Fischer Basic Method for Violoncello, Book 2, which I have permission to copy for my students.  

It also has good work in the neck positions.

Neck Positions:

In the neck positions, half and whole steps can be obtained between 1, 2 and 3.  

The 4th finger is not normally used.  

Be sure your thumb is lightly along the side on the neck, not in the curved part.

Thumb Position:

For Thumb position, I use the Matz "12 Etudes: Introduction to the Thumb Position," published by Dominis Music Ltd.  

Place the thumb across the string at the 1/2 way harmonic and suction it to stop the string.  

Painful until there is a bit of callous. 




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Featured Dealer: Mountain Edge Strings


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"We specialize in repair, rental and sales of stringed instruments, bows in all price ranges and sizes.
Our shop provides violin, viola, cello and bass rentals. Please stop by and you will be greeted by the owner, the dedicated luthier Frank Li."
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Gifts for Class of 2014 Grads!


Know a 2014 String Music Grad?

We have some gifts for this year's music school graduates now embarking on their careers as string music educators!  Please drop a note to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  with your Class of 2014 grad's name, email and alma mater, and we'll be glad to send a little gift* of some teaching accessories!

*While supplies last. Offer expires July 31, 2014!

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