What to Consider When Purchasing a Bow

There are four main things to consider when buying a bow • Material Used • Flexibility • Weight • Sound Material Used: Fiberglass is lightweight and affordable. It is known for durability, but not for its resonant qualities. Fiberglass is an excellent bow for beginners. Pernambuco is the most sought after wood for string instrument […]

Carbon Fiber Bows

Dusty Strings Mariachi 34 Harp-Coming Spring 2017

We are so excited about Dusty Strings’ new Mariachi 34 string harp. Maricachi style harp performance is getting more and more attention and excitement in the harp world. It was fascinating to see Willy Acuna play at the Dusty Strings booth at the National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM) and we are loving the sound […]

Dusty Strings Mariachi Harp

The Correct Use of Fine Tuners

The Correct Use of Fine Tuners A professional instrument will often only have one fine tuner on the E string. Over time the fine tuner will get screwed all the way in and become useless in tuning. Before you start the tuning process, unscrew the fine tuner until the screw hits the lower part of the […]

The correct use of fine tuners

The Correct Position of a Violin Bridge

Christian Rapp of Summerhays Music works with all sorts of bow-string instruments. Many students bring in instruments with broken bridges and say “I opened my case and the bridge was broken. I didn’t do anything.” Over the years Christian has observed that not all the broken bridges are due to accidents or mishandling. A negligence […]

violin with correct bridge placement

How to String a Violin

HOW TO STRING A VIOLIN Most strings are rolled in an envelope. Different brands of strings have different colored silking on one end to differentiate between the various strings. The specific brand used in our video has yellow silking as a way to recognize it as a G string. There is a ball on the […]

How to string a violin

Elan Trotman Saxophone Clinic: Improvisation

Elan Trotman Saxophone Clinic: Improvisation Improvisation Tips From Elan Trotman. A summary of this section of his Summerhays Music November Clinic. To play a song and improvise over it you need to know the root of a song, or what key it is in. Everything is built on that note, and you need to know […]

Elan Trotman

How to make a Harp String Knot then put the string on your harp

How to make a Harp String Knot then put the string on your harp Make two loops at the end of your harp string. First loop will tuck into the second loop. 1st-4th octave strings will need an end piece as an anchor. Anchors can be made from old or broken 5th octave strings. Check […]

How to make a harp string knot and string it on a harp

How to Lubricate a Trombone Slide

  There are a lot of reasons your trombone slide may be slow. It could be misalignment or it could have some dents. Or, you may just need to clean and lubricate your trombone slide. First you will need to clean your outer slide.   Dirt and grime build up on the inside. There are many […]

How to lubricate a trombone slide

Timing on Moving your Harp for Performances

TIMING ON MOVING YOUR HARP FOR PERFORMANCES One of the first lessons harpists learn is how to correctly move their harp. Often times this lesson is learned the hard way.. Purely by experience! (*Even the show Portlandia made fun of this situation! See clip below.) We’ve come up with a helpful time frame and to […]

Timing on moving your harp

Measuring your child for the correct sized violin

MEASURING YOUR CHILD FOR THE CORRECT SIZED VIOLIN In this video our String Repair technician Christian Rapp shows us how to correctly measure your child for the right sized violin.     If you have an orchestra or private strings teacher, you can ask them what they would recommend, or do the measurements yourself in […]

Measuring your child for a violin