Proper Finger Placement for Orchestral Instruments

West Music Pro Tip Before You Start

When someone talks about having correct finger placement when playing a orchestral stringed instrument, they are typically referring to two things: how you place your fingers on the strings and where you place your fingers on the strings. Building good finger placement habits is extremely important for playing in tune and with ease. West Music has been working with musicians and music teachers for over 75 years. In that time, we’ve learned a few tricks to help you or your student play like a pro. Continue reading “Proper Finger Placement for Orchestral Instruments”

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Two River Strings

Two River Strings is West Music’s house brand of hand-selected orchestral string instruments. Designed with music students in mind, they offer an affordable step-up instrument that does not sacrifice quality. Since this is our own private label, we can set our own pricing and custom specs. For your convenience, model numbers were chosen to be easily comparable with instruments from other vendors. Two River Strings currently manufactures violins, violas and cellos. Continue reading “Two River Strings”

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Performance Plan

Performance PlanAs your student’s abilities improve, so should the instrument. Starter instruments are designed for beginning players, and may limit your child’s musical development as playing skills progress.

By selecting a higher-quality Performance instrument, you will provide your student with room to grow as a musician, create renewed excitement and pride, and enhance your student’s development. Download our Performance Plan brochure and contact us for more information!

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Instrument Care Guide

String Instrument Care GuideCaring for your string instrument is not hard if you understand a few basics! Take a moment to find out what you can do to preserve and protect your investment by reading our Instrument Care Guide

Remember that your instrument is made of wood and can easily be damaged if not handled with care. Bumping the instrument against another object may damage the wood, cause the bridge to slide out of alignment, or cause the sound post (found inside instrument) to fall down. Bridges and sound posts are not glued in place, but are held by the pressure of the strings, which allows them to be replaced and adjusted as needed. If an accident should happen, bring your instrument to a West Music Repair Shop for service

If you should notice a problem with your instrument, bring it in as soon as possible to be serviced. Repairs to string instruments can take just a few minutes, several hours or sometimes several weeks, so don’t wait until it is too late to get your instrument repaired.
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