Please ensure Javascript is enabled for purposes of website accessibility

Classical Music

carmel a cappella

Phenomenal A Capella Performance of Four Seasons by Vivaldi

Vivaldi's Four Seasons is a very popular classical music piece that was composed by Vivaldi in 1725. Originally written for solo violin accompanied by...
violinist brain surgery

Violinist Plays Violin While Having Brain Surgery

If you thought learning the violin was hard, try playing it while having brain surgery! One patient in London underwent brain surgery to have...
violin bow

10 Best Violin Bows & Buying Guide 2022

A violin bow is one of the most important pieces of equipment that any violinist should possess aside from the instrument itself. Having the...
Bass Tuner

Online Bass Tuner

Our free bass tuner is the easy way to tune your bass on the go. Simply click "Play" on the note that you're trying...

Latest

Types of banjos featured image from Orchestra Central

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...
best ukulele tuner app featured image from Orchestra Central

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...
Famous pianists featured image from Orchestra Central

18 Famous Pianists (And Their Most Celebrated Pieces)

There are dozens of pianists out there, but these most famous pianists stand out because of their piano playing prowess and compositions filled with raw emotion that influenced different genres and a generation of aspiring musicians! Some of them are even considered classical music heavyweights.  Here are the top 18 famous pianists and their most riveting musical pieces.  1. Frédéric Chopin Frédéric Chopin, commonly known as Chopin, is arguably one of the most famous pianists of the 19th century and the greatest virtuoso pianist....
Orchestra Central's Mozart vs Beethoven vs Bach featured image

Mozart vs. Beethoven vs. Bach: How Are They Different

If you are new to classical music, you likely recognize the names Mozart, Beethoven, and Bach. Each composer has a distinct style and role in classical music development. So, when it comes down to Mozart vs Beethoven vs Bach, how do they compare? Mozart vs Beethoven vs Bach Comparison Table Refer to this table to learn some fast facts about these composers. Keep the dates of their productive periods in mind to understand how each composer influenced the other. We'll discuss more in-depth details after the table.
Best cello strings

10 Best Cello Strings Review 2022

You've likely come here because you are looking for new cello strings. Whether you just want to try out new cello strings, are new to buying cello strings, or you just want to make sure that the cello strings you use are still the best cello strings you can get for your price, you've come to the right place. Cello strings are an expensive investment, especially when you have to buy new ones every six months to a year, but the right strings can make your cello sing. Below we've listed what we consider the best cello strings that you...
featured image of best music schools in the US from Orchestra Central

16 Best Music Schools in the US

Joining one of the best music conservatories in the US is a great decision for those who want to pursue a music career in the future. They have the most experienced faculty, the best music facilities, and a wide range of music degrees. Some institutions even offer undergraduate programs while others allow students to combine courses. Types of Music Schools Music schools at the undergraduate and graduate levels exist in a variety of shapes and sizes. Conservatory The...
Yamaha P71 Review

Yamaha P71 Review 2022: A Great 88-Key Digital Piano

Yamaha P-series keyboards are some of the most popular digital pianos on the market. The Yamaha P71 is a powerful Amazon-exclusive keyboard that delivers excellent piano playing experiences. Since its release in 2016, the P71 has been a widely popular option for all types of pianists. Its rich sound, convenient features, and portability set it apart from lots of the competition. This Yamaha P71 review will cover everything you need to know about the well-known keyboard. Features Even with a minimalistic design, the P71 has a wide array of features. This 88-key keyboard has 88 fully-weighted action keys with GHA, or...
Orchestra Central's Was Beethoven Black featured image.

Was Beethoven Black? A Radical New Idea Has Taken the Internet by Storm

Ludwig Van Beethoven was a pianist and composer, and to date, stays the most admired composer in Western music's history. Every couple of years, the 'was Beethoven black?" debate keeps resurfacing on social media. But, it's not a recent argument. For centuries, people have speculated that he had African ancestry. In this article, we'll talk about why such a theory exists and the honest answer to "was Beethoven black?" We've also included unsung and overlooked black composers. The “Black Beethoven” Theory The Beethoven...
Steinway Ipo

Steinway Files for IPO

On April 14, 2022, the Astoria, NY-based piano maker Steinway & Sons (commonly just called Steinway) filed for IPO by filing their S-1. The company plans to list on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) under the ticker STWY. About the Company The company traded prior to 2013 under the ticker LVB before being taken private by Paulson & Co. in 2013. The company was founded 169 years ago in 1853 and has become the piano brand used by virtuosos around the world. Famous pianists like Jon Batiste, Billy Joel,...
Most unusual instruments featured image from Orchestra Central

The Unusual Instruments You Didn’t Know Existed

Forget the tuba, guitar, piano, and bass. They are no match to these odd-looking, most unusual musical instruments. Some may look like they came from a horror movie, while others produce an eerie sound fit for a sci-fi film! So, without further ado, here are the most peculiar, strangest instruments you will ever find.  Pikasso Guitar
YouTube video
Why don't you try the Pikasso - the guitar with multiple necks! You've read that right. This string instrument includes not one but FOUR necks. If that isn't strange...

Interesting Reads

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...
Orchestra Central