The trumpet is the highest of the brass family of instruments in a standard orchestra. They also see frequent use in Jazz, the military and high-school bands. Historically, trumpets have a vast genealogy dating to around 1500BCE. Various developments in design and construction occurred over the centuries until the Baroque period, where the instrument became … Continue reading Want to Learn Trumpet?
Violins are the highest sounding of the orchestral string instruments. They are extremely popular among beginners for their melodic qualities and beautiful sound. Violins are well known for being a mainstay in classical music but are also used in folk, pop and jazz; there is plenty of great repertoire out there to choose from! … Continue reading Thinking of Taking up Violin?
Classical guitars are a popular choice for many beginners and provide a nice alternative to woodwind, brass or orchestral string instruments. The form of the classical guitar, as we recognise it today, was established in Spain during the 19th century, but the lineage goes back much further and is quite scattered. This type … Continue reading Thinking of Taking up Classical Guitar?
We’re really excited to announce that we now stock the full range of Müsing bows, which are designed and made in Wurzburg, Germany. Putting performance at the forefront of the design process, Müsing bows have been crafted to be incredibly responsive to the bow hand, enabling the player to effortlessly transfer between staccato and … Continue reading Introducing Musing Bows
Structured practice is a massively important part of how we learn music. This often brings up imagery of miserably hashing out scales and exercises for endless hours every day. Whilst it’s really important to make progress, keeping it light and fun will always bring better results. This post will help to demystify practice. Of course, … Continue reading Practice Guides Part 1 (For Parents)
Learning to play music can be fun for almost anybody of any age. Navigating learning an instrument without guidance is very, very difficult. Whilst there are many resources out there, videos and books can’t correct technique or answer obscure questions you might have. This is a short list of things to consider when finding the … Continue reading Finding the Right Teacher
This is a short guide to help you navigate getting a vintage instrument valued and back to playable condition. We highly recommend bringing your instrument into our store for mechanical appraisal and valuation. Often this can be done whilst you wait and completely free of charge! Things to avoid and consider: Attics, basements, garages and … Continue reading When a dusty case lurks in the attic…