Here are some links to useful music websites. If you come across a website that you want to share with the string community, please email me by clicking on "Contact Mr. Blickenderfer" at the top of this page.
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This series of websites contain a whole bunch of basic information about your instrument: how to hold your instrument and bow (with pictures), rosin, exercises, tuning (with tuning notes!), reading music...all kinds of useful stuff! Check it out!!
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A metronome is a device that helps you keep a steady beat.
Here is a link to a free, online metronome you can use when you practice.
Remember: Slow and Steady Wins the Race!
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This website has lots of good, basic information about music theory (how music is constructed). There are nice ear training exercises that I use in some of my classes, as well as lessons and tools (such as printing out your own music paper).
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The following online merchants sell all kinds of supplies such as strings, tuners, rosin, shoulder rests, endpin stops and straps, as well as printed music. There are a ton of similar sites, but these are companies that I trust and return to regularly for my own teaching and performing use.
lemurmusic.com (dedicated to the bass)
yesterdayservice.com (printed music)
The homepage of Yesterday Service, located at the Armory Arts building at 191 Highland Avenue in Somerville (across from the Jeanne Jugan/Little Sisters of the Poor residence).
acousticstringsofnewengland.com (instrument rental, sales, supplies)
The homepage of our primary instrument rental service. They are also located at the Armory Arts building.
stringinstrumentrepair.com (instrument restoration and sales, bow repair)
One of our new instrumental vendors. A fine craftsman specializing in instrument restoration, bow repair and maintenance, and sale of quality instruments. Conveniently located just down the street from the high school! By appointment only, so please use contact information at his website.