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Music Performance Resources for Strings

The Music Performance Resources page offers further resources useful to performance majors, including research and sound recording databases, foreign language dictionaries, and sources for music performance reviews.

Select Internet Resources  |  Violin  |  Viola  |  Cello  |  Double Bass  |  Harp  |  Guitar  |  Professional Organizations

Select Internet Resources (by Joelle Morton, editor of the Online Journal of Bass Research)
Includes bibliographies of research on string instruments and performance practice, bowed bass treatises and  iconography.

String Pedagogy Notebook (Michael Hopkins, Associate Professor of Music, University of Vermont)

The Vazquez Collection of Historical String Instruments (Orpheon Foundation)
A collection of around 170 images online from the Vazquez Collection of historical musical instruments including mostly string instruments of the Baroque, the Renaissance, and the Classical Periods.



A Sarasota Violist's Adventures Blog (by Shawn Snider)
Day to day life of a violist, concerts, gigs, and viola auditions

Violin Acoustics (by Joe Wolfe, University of New South Wales Physics Department)
This page explains the physics of the violin.  It requires no mathematics beyond multiplication and division, nor any technical knowledge of acoustics.

Violin Making (by Hans Johannsson, String Instruments Builder)
Description of the steps and materials involved in building string instruments.
Online community for violinists that includes a violin discussion board, blogs, a global directory of violin shops and a list of violin tips.



Eliesha Nelson (Blog of Cleveland Orchestra Violist)

The Primrose International Viola Archive (Brigham Young University)
Includes information on William Primrose along with audio tracks, videos, photographs, repertoire lists and discographies about viola music.

The Internet Viola Society


Cello (by Karel Bredenhorst, professional cellist)
A free database of cellists, cello teachers and their students worldwide

Cello Heaven
Cello discussion board.

Cello Journey (by Luke Stanley Pomorski, graduate of the Eastman School of Music)
A video podcast that "features live music played on the cello and piano with some commentary. You can listen to different pieces of music and also see what cello playing is about."

Tutti Celli
Internet newsletter on cello playing.


Double Bass

An Acoustical Study of Double Bass Bridge Height Adjusters with audio samples (Andrew Brown, Institute for Viennese Sound Style)

Bob Gollihur's Double Bass Links

Double Bass Blog (by Jason Heath)
Perspectives on Early Bass Performance Series

Double Bass Guide Blog (by Jonas Lohse)
Features double bass related news, articles and links.

The Double Bass Page (by Chris Winchester)
Includes an annotated bibliography of repertoire for the double bass, links to competitions & scholarships and a list of suppliers for instruments and accessories.

Morton's Tips (by Mark Morton, director of the American School of Double Bass)
Includes articles on phrasing, avoiding string buzzes, improving sight-reading, reading tenor clef and intonation.

Online Journal of Bass Research
A refereed electronic journal, published by the International Society of Bassists. The OJBR is published solely in an electronic format, accessible free of charge.



Harp Column Magazine
Includes news, classifieds, blogs and forums for amateur and professional harpists.

Harp Spectrum
Contains photos, essays, artwork, and information about music for the harp. Historical harp, folk harp, pedal harp and harp building are included, with more articles to come.

International Harp Archives (Brigham Young University)
Includes digitized scores of harp music.


Classical Guitar

Guitar Acoustics (by Joe Wolfe, University of New South Wales Physics Department)
This page explains the physics of the guitar.  It requires no mathematics beyond multiplication and division, nor any technical knowledge of acoustics.

International Guitar Research Archive (California State University, Northridge, Oviatt Library)
One of the world's largest collections of guitar sheet music.  A few of the largest collections include the music of Vahdah Olcott-Bickford, Laurindo Almeida, Ronald C. Purcell and Vicente Gomez.


Professional Organizations

American Federation of Violin and Bow Makers

American Harp Society

American String Teachers Association (ASTA)

American Viola Society

Catgut Acoustical Society

Guitar Foundation of America

International Society of Bassists

International Viola Society

Internet Cello Society

Violin Society of America

The Strad Directory