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Resources For String Instruments

Whether looking for a summer music camp, help with choosing the right instrument string, finding a job, or learning about the "Mozart Effect", you need to look no further. We strive to offer the string instrument resources you need. If you don't find what you're looking for, call us...we're here to help.


These are helpful and informative articles for the beginning player who hasn't held a violin yet to the player looking for help with choosing a new string. We are here to help you with any string instrument question or request you have.

  • The Violin Callus Guide: Perfect Calluses With Less Pain and Without Blisters
    An important part of learning to play the violin is building violin calluses on your fingers.
  • Teaching An Instrument Is Fun And Rewarding -- Here’s How To Do It
    Teaching another person to play a musical instrument can be an enjoyable and rewarding experience. It’s a great way to share your knowledge and experience as well as your love of music. Watch your students grow and progress at mastering their instrument.
  • 3 Easy Ways to Teach Music in Your Homeschool Curriculum
    As more and more people are homeschooling their children, it is important that parents have the resources to raise well rounded, intelligent human beings. But homeschooling shouldn’t stop with academic studies. In addition to all the core subjects your child will learn such as math and science, they should also engage in creative pursuits such as art and music.
  • Violin Hickeys
    It seems innocuous at first, just a small mark. But suddenly it’s drawing the stares of your friends, family, and strangers on the street. You have a violin hickey.
  • Bad Violin Habits to Break Now
    Developing bad violin habits can affect the range and clarity of the notes you're able to coax out of the instrument. Along with creating a subpar sound, if you don't practice proper body alignment and technique, the result can be chronic injuries to the muscles and tendons that are being over-stressed.
  • When to Change Violin Strings
    An important aspect of musicianship is taking excellent care of your instrument, which includes knowing when to change violin strings. Your strings should be replaced, at minimum, every 9-12 months, but there are too many variables to assign an exact timeframe. Keep in mind that the only real downside to replacing your strings too soon is the cost, while waiting too long can actually result in a number of negative consequences.
  • How to Find Musical Inspiration in Isolation
    With all of us navigating shelter in place orders, it can be easy to slip into a rut of monotony and isolation. This can also make staying motivated difficult, but there is no better time than now to find inspiration in isolation. Whether you’re picking up a new skill or honing an old one, a creative hobby can help keep your mind sharp.
  • Musicians Continue Collaborating Online While Social Distancing
    As we navigate through society during the coronavirus, there are many questions about what the future of entertainment and live music will look like. Some social distancing measures and stay-at-home orders may have been eased, but many concerts, festivals, and other live musical events are still cancelled -- at least for the near future. So, musicians collaborating online have found new ways to connect with one another and their audiences.
  • What to Bring to Music Camp
    With summer on the horizon, many parents are looking into different camps and activities to occupy their children. There is a wide selection of summer camps for all kinds of kids, but music camp is a favorite of many. And for good reason, since playing a n instrument is a great way for children to learn discipline, develop their motor and cognitive skills, and start to think creatively.
  • Your First Violin Class; What You Need and What to Expect
    How exciting! You (or someone in your family) has decided to take the plunge into playing the violin. You may wonder whether taking violin lessons is something that should be considered. The answer is a resounding “yes.”
  • How to Motivate Kids to Practice Their Instrument
    Your child has been begging you to take music lessons, and you have finally said “yes.” They chose their instrument. You found a music teacher, created a practice space in your house, and purchased the instrument.
  • Professional Violinist Warm Up Routine
    Musicians, like athletes, place a great deal of repetitive stress on their joints, ligaments and muscles. You can help avoid injury by developing a routine with which you warm up your body before you begin a practice or playing session.
  • Protect Your Instrument in Cold Winter Weather
    Winter is fast approaching, and changes in temperature along with it.
  • Violin Trials
    Violins and bows are handmade, which means that each individual product can produce a slightly different sound.
  • Everyone Should Sing! Here's Why…
    Your voice is a unique musical instrument that can be put to use without any special training. If you can speak using your voice, then you're capable of singing.
  • Holiday Gifts for Violinists
    Have you been thinking about what to get for the violinists on your holiday gift list? You can't go wrong buying them something they can use to support their passion for music.
  • The Differences Between Violin, Viola, Cello and Bass
    The four primary stringed instruments in an orchestra are violin, viola, cello and bass.
  • How to Choose the Right Violin Shoulder Rest for You
    When first learning to play the violin, it’s recommended that beginners use a violin shoulder rest to help them develop the correct posture.
  • Should You Buy or Rent a Viola?
    If you are interested in learning how to play a string instrument, you’ve probably considered the cost involved in picking up a musical instrument such as the viola.
  • Top Cello Case Brands
    Cellos are delicate and expensive instruments that are easily damaged or broken due to their bulk.
  • The Best Apps for Violinists
    Nowadays it seems like everything can be accessed through an app. We’re not just talking about mind-numbing games; you can find practical and useful tools right on your iPhone or Android.
  • How Much Do Violins Cost for Kids?
    Every parent wants to see their child nurtured into becoming a well-rounded individual, and no child’s education is complete without exposure to the arts.
  • The Gift of Giving an Instrument
    Trying to come up with a great present for someone in your life? Gift giving is something with which a lot of us struggle.
  • How to Choose the Right Violin Pegs
    Every violin that is played regularly will need replacement pegs at some point in the lifespan of the instrument.
  • Best Composers for Beginner Listening
    The majority of music instructors use classical music when teaching both adults and young musicians. Conceived of and composed hundreds of years ago, classical music contains the foundation of all that came after it.
  • Violin Transport Tips
    Musicians are constantly on the road. Whether you are a big-name violinist or are doing weekend gigs in the local coffee shop, your instrument is an extension of yourself that, ultimately, will go where you go. Is your violin protected against all the possible hazards?
  • How to Get Perfect Violin Posture
    You’re slouching; don’t roll your shoulders; sit up straight! How many times did your parents admonish you to fix your posture as a kid?
  • Which Instruments Sound Best With the Violin
    The violin is an unbelievably versatile instrument. Able to shine on the rock stage, studio and orchestra pit, it seems to defy boundaries. Creating its own distinctive range of sounds, the violin’s timbre is melodic and beautiful.
  • The Best Jokes About Violas
    Violas tend to get a bad rap. Larger than the violin but not as impressive in size and sound as the cello, violas could go unnoticed if not for the sense of humor they bring to the string family.
  • The Dangers of DIY Repair
    Every violin is a handmade, original instrument and holds its value for a long time with the proper care.
  • 3 Interesting Facts About the Cello That You Probably Don’t Know
    The cello is considered to be one of the most beautiful sounding instruments with its warm, living tones and rich sounds.
  • How You Can Memorize Music Faster and More Efficiently
    The ability to memorize music is an important part of honing your skills as a musician.
  • Can Adults Learn to Play the Violin?
    Many adults think that to learn to play the violin you have to be a young child.
  • Learning an Instrument Has Long Lasting, Positive Effects on Your Brain
    Lately, there’s been a lot of talk about how to encourage brain development in children as well as fight the decline in mental sharpness that occurs as we age.
  • Are Violins Used in Music Therapy?
    The therapeutic use of music.
  • Famous Rock Songs That Feature Violins
  • Bitten by the Bug
    Learn about and eliminate bow-hair-eating dermestids.
  • Careers For A Changing Marketplace
    A good read about careers in music.
  • Choosing Rosin
    Take the confusion out of finding the right rosin.
  • Choosing Strings
    A comprehensive 6-part guide to selecting the right strings.
  • Ear Training
    How games and exercises can help with ear training.
  • Electric Instruments
    Electric Instruments informative article
  • Evaluate Violin Makers
    What to look when evaluating a maker's work.
  • From Horse to Bow
    An interesting article about the hair on your bow.
  • Mozart, Music, & The Mind
    Is it possible to jump-start your baby's mental development?
  • Overuse Injuries
    These painful injuries are largely preventable.
  • First Steps to Reading Music
    A short guide to giving students the help they need.
  • Do You Have a Strad in Your Attic?!
    Help with identifying your instrument.
  • Violin Basics
    A short guide for the beginner.

Articles About JSI

Buying a Contemporary Instrument is an article in Strings Magazine quoting Matthew Fritz, director of sales and acquisitions at Carriage House Violins.

JSI Media

This page contains the videos from our online music initiative providing instruction, product demonstrations, performance, and social events!

Summer Music Camps

Find the music camp or retreat perfect for you. There are camps listed for children and adults.

If you run a camp or know of one that we should list, let us know and we'll list it here.

Teacher Services

Since 1976 Johnson String Instrument has provided teachers with exceptional customer service. By offering the best rental program in the country, a vast selection of new and antique instruments and bows, sheet music, method books, teaching aids, and every imaginable stringed instrument accessory, we help teachers maintain their teaching studios.

Visit Teacher Services to find out all about our Teachers' Personal Online Store, Rental Program, Sheet Music & Books, Sales Instruments & Bows, and how to get it all delivered freeing you up to teach music.

Teachers: Opt-in to the JSI Online Teacher Directory!

The zip code search engine allows students to search for string teachers within a specified geographical area. Go to "My Account" to log in, then "Update Your Profile" to fill in your teaching information. Then, click the box to be included in our teacher referral program.

Students: Easily Find a Teacher Near You!

Go to "My Account" to log in and begin your zip code search!

Useful Links

We depend on you to provide us with links to interesting sites so everyone can benefit from your hours of searching. This area will be changing as it develops so check back. Please email [email protected] to submit any links you may have.

  • Link with Johnson String
    Do you have a site that we should be linked to? Would you like to link to Johnson String Instrument on your site? Just follow the simple instructions here.
  • Associations and Journals
    Informative information for teachers and players alike.
  • Cello Interests
    Communities, societies, clubs and other related sites for cellists and cello enthusiasts.
  • General Interests
    Just about anything that doesn't fit neatly into one of the other categories! Includes sites for conductors, chamber music information, music schools, and much more.
  • Jobs at Johnson String Instrument
    We are always looking for talented people. Check out what jobs are available with us.
  • Jobs
    Check out this link for 100's of jobs.
  • Just For Fun
    Though not music oriented these links go to websites that we just like!
  • Luthier Interests
    Supplies, training centers, informational resources and other sites of interest to instrument makers.
  • Musical Instruments
    Resources for players and builders of other musical instruments.
  • Music-Related Organizations, Schools, and Libraries
  • Teacher Interests
    Discussion groups, jobs, anecdotes, associations and other info and community sites for music instructors.
  • Viola and Violin Interests
    Care and Maintenance, jokes, community sites and resource links to additional sites for violinists and viola players.

Worldwide Orchestra Links

We think that our Worldwide Orchestra Links pages just might be the most comprehensive string instrument concert listing on the web!

Additional Resources
Carriage House Violins

Located in Newton, Massachusetts, Carriage House Violins is the instrument sales division of Johnson String Instrument.

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Whether searching for a job, learning about the "Mozart Effect," looking for a summer music camp, or choosing the right instrument string, you need look no further.

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Johnson String Project

A charitable foundation whose goal is to provide high-quality instruments to children who live in under-served communities and who are participating in El-Sistema-inspired programs in Massachusetts.

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JSI Blog

Information and helpful articles about the music and instruments we love.

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Helpful "how to" videos and useful information about JSI and the products and services we offer.

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