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Best Cello Concertos

Best Cello Concertos of All Time

Cellos have the greatest solo repertoire in orchestras after violins, though many cellists would argue that their pieces are better. The smoothness of the...
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The Best of Beethoven’s Orchestral Works

Beethoven composed some of the best music of both the romantic and classical music periods. His works became immortal with 9 symphonies, 38 piano...
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What is a violin?

A violin is a four-stringed instrument that is played with a bow. The highest pitched and smallest instrument in its family, the violin has...
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The Rich History of the Cello

Cellos belong to the stringed instrument family. It's closely related to the violin. One key difference would be the tuning of its...

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Woodwind Instruments List

Exploring the woodwind instruments list can expand your musical prowess and knowledge if you are an aspiring performer in the orchestra or a stellar bandleader.  For instance, did you know a recorder is a woodwind? Read on to discover the interesting musical instruments in the woodwind family, how to play them, and the value they add to an orchestra and ensembles.  What Is a Woodwind Instrument? Before delving into the woodwind instruments list, let's first lay the foundation on what woodwind instruments mean. So, what is a woodwind...
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Membranophone Instruments List

Despite their deceptively simple appearance, membranophones are part of a vast and complicated world of musical instruments. And with that, let's take a look at a membranophone instruments list, and find out if all percussion instruments are a membranophone.  What Is a Membranophone Instrument? A membranophone instrument produces sound through vibrations on a stretched-out membrane. That's where the name comes from: membrane and -ophone. Membranophones are primarily played by striking a stick or mallet on their stretched membranes. You can also use your hands to hit the membranes. For instance, in...
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Idiophones Instruments List

An orchestra's brass and woodwind instruments form a lengthy list, but the idiophones instruments list includes many more. But what is an idiophone, how does it produce a sound, and what instruments are classified as idiophones? You are in luck because we'll answer these questions and more in this article. What Is an Idiophone Instrument? An idiophone instrument is part of the Hornbostel-Sachs Membranophone Musical Instrument Classification or Hornbostel-Sachs system for short. Unlike chordophones and membranophones, idiophone instruments do not rely on membranes or strings to make a sound; it makes sound by...
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Brass Instruments List

From marching bands and classical orchestras to jazz, brass instruments remain a significant component of modern-day music. That's why it's important to be familiar with the brass instruments list. And, this article gives you a closer look at these musical instruments. What Is a Brass Instrument Brass instruments are musical instruments that produce sound by reverberating and amplifying the vibration of the lips via a tubular resonator. They are sometimes referred to as labrosones or labrophones in scientific circles. They belong to the family of wind instruments...
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String Instruments List

String instruments are so versatile you can hear them in every musical era and genre of music - even classical music! And today, we're taking a closer look at some of the most common ones. Here is the string instruments list you should know about. What Is a String Instrument? A string instrument is a type of instrument that feature soundboxes, resonators, and strings. The body of the instrument is typically hollow so that it can amplify the sound of the strings. Its material is predominantly wood because of tonal qualities...
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Drop D Tuning and Other Alternate Guitar Tunings

Still have your guitar in the standard EADGBE tune? It's time to mix things up! Alternate guitar tunings like drop D tuning broadens your guitar playing horizon to riffs and power chords so you can play covers of songs from Kurt Cobain, Soundgarden, Alice in Chains, and other rock bands!  But how do you tune your acoustic or electric guitar to these alternate tunings? Stick around because we'll teach you how.  Drop D Tuning First on our list is the drop D tuning. This alternate guitar tuning is...
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Who Are the Best Guitarists of All Time?

Are you wondering who the best guitarists of all time are? Well, we have prepared a list of the best guitar players in the world. Check it out to see if you can spot your favorite guitarist. Jimi Hendrix Top of the list of the best guitarists of all time is Jimi Hendrix. Hendrix was an American singer, composer, and rock guitarist legend. Many musicians consider him one of the best electric guitarists of all time. He is known for fusing traditional...
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Music Tempos & Markings: A Simple Guide to Understanding Them

Suppose you're a musician interested in tackling a range of classical music pieces, but you aren't classically trained. In that case, you may come across some challenges with understanding one key factor in these arrangements, music tempos. A number of these compositions were created before the invention of the metronome and may not offer a mathematical time indication to determine the music tempo. Fortunately, there are other indicators that can help you perform the piece of sheet music as the composer intended.  Tempo Meaning in Music: What Is Tempo?
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Types of Banjos – Difference, How to Play, and More

There are so many different types of banjos that it can be overwhelming to select which one is right for you. Do you get a four-string banjo or a 5-string? What's the difference between open back and resonator banjos?  In this article, we'll take a closer look at these stringed instruments and find out which one is suitable for your playing skills and level. So, let's get right to it.  Open Back Banjos and Resonator Banjos When you shop for banjos, you'll often be asked whether you prefer...
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Best Ukulele Tuner Apps: Tune Using Your Smartphone

How often have you gotten to a rehearsal, gig, or jam, only to find you forgot your clip-ons (tuners)? If you've already lost count, you are in luck. You can download the best ukulele tuner app as a backup. There is now a myriad of ukulele tuning apps available for both iPhone and Android in recent years! Some even have different modes for other stringed instruments such as mandolin, violin, and guitar, while others allow you to save multiple tunings like DGBE tuning and low-g tuning.  You probably want to save...

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15 Most Expensive Violins

15 Most Expensive Violins in the World

Dubbed as one of the most expressive instruments, the violin creates a lot of stories from its tone alone. But there are more stories...
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