What Are Strings Made Of? The Basics of Orchestral String Construction

As a string musician, part of understanding your instrument and the sound you want to create includes understanding the strings you put on that instrument. From gut strings to steel core to synthetics, the composition of orchestral strings have changed through the centuries — and will continue to change as long as technology is used […]

Helicore Violin Strings

Helicore violin strings by D’Addario are crafted with a multi-stranded steel core, resulting in optimal playability while producing a clear, warm tone. The smaller string diameter provides quick bow response. Premium quality materials combined with skilled workmanship produce strings known for excellent pitch stability and longevity.  

Defying Dogma: Violinist Tracy Silverman Redefines What “Proper” Is

All the masterpieces of classical music were written in the style of their own time
and place, and I felt it was necessary for someone to update stringed instruments
for today’s composers, using today’s musical styles. It’s been my mission both to
bring string playing into rock and pop music, and also to bring this new rockinflected
21st century violin style to the concert stage in the form of significant
new repertoire…

Pirastro Perpetual Bass Strings

Mainly developed for pizzicato, the new Perpetual double bass strings by Pirastro were designed to provide the player with a comfortable left hand feel, fast articulate response, and strong energetic tone. Using a new uniquely designed extremely flexible steel rope core, the Perpetual double bass strings provide incredible stability and tremendous power. With a little […]

How to Practice Like a Pro

Efficient and organized practicing is a determining factor in a musician’s overall technical and musical progress on the instrument. Although this article mainly focuses on proper practicing techniques for string performers in classical music, any instrumentalist performing in diverse musical genres can also take advantage of this general practicing approach. Everyone has heard of the […]

Martin ukulele strings

Martin Ukulele Strings

Martin’s ukulele strings offer an easy playing feel, excellent tuning stability and a warm clear tone. The high tensile fluorocarbon holds tunings longer and improves harmonic output for consistent true tone. Martin Soprano and Tenor ukulele strings are made with clear fluorocarbon. Their Baritone ukulele strings are made with clear fluorocarbon, aluminum wrap wire, and […]