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Rhiannon Nachbaur Schmitt's Article Archive:

Violin & Music Writings, Concert reviews and Essays

Fiddleheads' owner Rhiannon Nachbaur Schmitt has written music & violin columns and concert reviews for Music Teacher Magazine, BC Musician Magazine and Gonzo Magazine.

Her writings receive a large online readership from players seeking advice and entertainment in the field of violin and music. Humour is where she shines as she can be a bit of a smart-ass at times, and heck, the life of a self-employed musician is pretty funny.

Your comments and story pitches are welcome.

Rhiannon is happy to assist as an expert in the violin field for other writers completing works on the subject. For example, her work was referenced in a USA Today science article about violins vs. fiddles.

Check back often for new content and thanks for your readership. You may also be interested in The Fiddleheads Gazette, Rhiannon's online violin magazine.

 

Browse By Topic: All Things Violin/Viola - Concert Reviews & Interviews - Heartfelt - Humorous - Classical Music - Pop Culture - Learning & Education

 

Most Popular:

Violin or fiddle?: Settling the Subtle Differences Between these Distant Cousins (As referenced to in USA Today's WonderQuest Science Column)

Strad or Dud?: Discovering “The Red Violin” of Stradivariuses is pretty much impossible. Shucks.

Viola Players Have the Last Laugh: Viola Jokes don't discourage us from filling in the harmonies and living a quiet life in the orchestra pit

 

Latest Additions:

Children's Art Tax Credit Helps Offset Violin Lesson Expenses: Parents Can Claim up to $500, Saving $75 Per Year

Talking Tone is Harder than it Sounds: Words which describe the tonal qualities of violins and other instruments

Hou Does She Do It?: Interview with Canadian violin star Susanne Hou where she passionately shares everything in her music world from the nearly $3-million violin she plays to her love of Elvis

Cheap Ebay Violins, Sadly, an Easy Sell for Some: The Deal that is "Too Good to Be True" certainly is Just That

 

 

All Things Violin/Viola

Try That Violin on For Size: A Violin Teacher Assists Players in Finding the Correct Violin for their Age and Size, Plus a Few other Useful Hints

Forrest Gump's Red Violin: The "Truth" to a Violin's Past is Revealed

The Dark Side of The Violin: Crooked Luthiers, Greedy Salesmen and Other Creepy Creatures Exposed

Dance of the Pawn Shop Swindlers: Don't Let their Tactics Throw you off Balance

Violin Playin' Ain't for Sissies: A Soloist's Heroic Battle with a Bug

Careful with That Axe, Eugene: "Don't practice your backhand with your Strad" and other tips on violin care.

Violin or fiddle?: Settling the Subtle Differences Between these Distant Cousins (As referenced to in USA Today's WonderQuest Science Column)

Strad or Dud?: Discovering “The Red Violin” of Stradivariuses is pretty much impossible. Shucks.

The Fiddle Movement: Generation-X is Resurrecting Fiddle Music

Exercize Your Body & Spirit: Forget the Tummy Trimmer: Play your Violin for a Complete Experience

"Buy This Violin!" Instrument Purchasing for Newbies: A music teacher sheds light on the delicate issue of purchasing a violin or other stringed instrument

Cheap Ebay Violins, Sadly, an Easy Sell for Some: The Deal that is "Too Good to Be True" certainly is Just That

Viola Players Have the Last Laugh: Viola Jokes don't discourage us from filling in the harmonies and living a quiet life in the orchestra pit

Winter With No Strings Attached: Cold, dry weather is perfect for polar bears and penguins but fierce for fiddles. Canada's Rhiannon Nachbaur Schmitt offers advice on how to keep violin strings and instruments from breaking in Winter.

Breaking New Ground by Breaking-In a New Violin: Enjoy the beauty of a new violin beyond just good looks. Break it in with play and and witness the tone open up and mature.

Intonation: Pitch’s Evil Vendetta with Violinists: What is Intonation, What is Good Intonation and Where Can I Get Some?

 

Concert Reviews & Interviews

In Conversation with Canadian Fiddler Shari Ulrich: Music, motherhood, fiddles and other important stuff

Fiddle with an Attitude: A Review of Fiddler Ashley MacIsaac in Concert, May 2003

Home-Cooked Symphony Concert: A Review of Fiddler Natalie MacMaster in Concert with the Okanagan Symphony, March 2003

In Conversation with Pinchas Zukerman: The Violinist/Violist/Conductor shares his passions & inspirations

Blow Your Nose if You Liked the Music: An Unlikely Combo of Classical Violin Music and a Traditional Country Fair

Classical Fiddling Adds Spark to Symphony: Review of Canadian Soloist Scott St. John in Concert

Symphonies Need More Kidding Around: A Review of the Okanagan Symphony School Concerts, Spring 2005

 

Heartfelt

Blair's Bass: An Exceptional Gift from an Exceptional Woman

The Violin That Saved Frank Smith's Life: A discovery that would open up his heart and his memories was simply waiting under the bed

A Soundtrack for Healing: Father and Daughter Share a Musical Connection

Dad's Guitar: Learning the stories of a man's life though his music

Christmas Volunteer Musician Syndrome: At Christmas even the bitterest musicians become giddy and frivolous

Three Generations of Musicians: The Kuroyamas Share a Legacy

Jingle Hell: Suffering a Musician's Fate Each December

Children Manifest Life’s Virtues: A Violin Teacher Recognizes the Strengths in her Pupils (June 2003)

 

Humorous

The Muzak Code: Screaming for Silence: A Musical Twist on Dan Brown's "The Da Vinci Code"

Forrest Gump's Red Violin: The "Truth" to a Violin's Past is Revealed

Psychological Analysis of Violin Student Personality Traits 101: An mentally gifted and exceptionally verbose violin teacher unravels the mysteries surrounding the complex inner workings of the violin student's mind

The Dark Side of The Violin: Crooked Luthiers, Greedy Salesmen and Other Creepy Creatures Exposed

Dance of the Pawn Shop Swindlers: Don't Let their Tactics Throw you off Balance

Violin Playin' Ain't for Sissies: A Soloist's Heroic Battle with a Bug

Viola Players Have the Last Laugh: Viola Jokes don't discourage us from filling in the harmonies and living a quiet life in the orchestra pit

Jingle Hell: Suffering a Musician's Fate Each December

Concerto for Composer with Writer's Block in C minor: Writer's Block, Deadlines and Other Creepy Things that go Bump in the Night

"Romantic" Composers Takes on a Whole New Meaning: Mozart, Schubert & Tchaikovsky Meet Today's Dating Scene

Pop Culture Blue Bin: Elvis didn’t die, they just stuck him in the blue bin!

Rhiannon's List of Essential Music: Something for Everyone on Your Christmas List

So You Want to Be a Music Teacher: Preaching to the Younger Generation of Musicians

Don't Shoot the Beginner Piano Player: A Violin Teacher Tries her "Hands" at Piano Playing

Music Festival Mayhem: A Violin Teacher's Frantic Struggle Against Time

 

Classical Music

Once Upon A Time: A Violin Teacher Witnesses Her Former Student Tackling Rimsky-Korsakov's "Sheherazade" and Provides Interesting History on the Piece

Concerto for Composer with Writer's Block in C minor: Writer's Block, Deadlines and Other Creepy Things that go Bump in the Night

"Romantic" Composers Takes on a Whole New Meaning: Mozart, Schubert & Tchaikovsky Meet Today's Dating Scene

Classical Christmas: The classical origins of our most cherished carols

House Concerts Keep Musicians Close to Home: From Noisy Basement Raves to Classical "Schubertiads"

 

Pop Culture

Carol or Song: The Modern Christmas Music Catalog Has Many Options to Enjoy

“Muggles” Make Magical Music: Exploring Harry Potter's Influence on Music

Busk or Bust: An "street-wise" musician and teacher educates the public on the world of busking and offers musicians advice on making good tips as a busker.

The Muzak Code: Screaming for Silence: A Musical Twist on Dan Brown's "The Da Vinci Code"

A Musical Web: Beethoven's Internet-Like Concept Took 194 Years to Manifest Itself

Pop Culture Blue Bin: Elvis didn’t die, they just stuck him in the blue bin

Electric (Violin) Shock Treatment: ZETA Violins Broaden the Minds and Opportunities of Many

The Kid Rocks : Growing up on a Varied Musical Diet

Rhiannon's List of Essential Music: Something for Everyone on Your Christmas List

 

Learning & Education

Children's Art Tax Credit Helps Offset Violin Lesson Expenses: Parents Can Claim up to $500, Saving $75 Per Year

Psychological Analysis of Violin Student Personality Traits 101: An mentally gifted and exceptionally verbose violin teacher unravels the mysteries surrounding the complex inner workings of the violin student's mind

Talking Tone is Harder than it Sounds: Words which describe the tonal qualities of violins and other instruments

Try That Violin on For Size: A Violin Teacher Assists Players in Finding the Correct Violin for their Age and Size, Plus a Few other Useful Hints

Intonation: Pitch’s Evil Vendetta with Violinists: What is Intonation, What is Good Intonation and Where Can I Get Some?

Compose Yourself: Encouraging Music Students to Write their Own Music

So You Want to Be a Music Teacher: Preaching to the Younger Generation of Musicians

Don't Shoot the Beginner Piano Player: A Violin Teacher Tries her "Hands" at Piano Playing

Perfect Practice Makes Perfect: Inspiring Players to Pratice their Art

Symphonic Apprentice: A Violin Teacher and Her Fiddle Student Share An Orchestral Experience

Music Festival Mayhem: A Violin Teacher's Frantic Struggle Against Time

Musical Family: Why Parents Should Learn an Instrument with their Children

Potential for Music Growth Every April: Salmon Arm, BC Hosts Annual Music Festivals

Getting the Pointe: As a child I had to choose between two loves: Violin or Ballet? Many years, a career and family later I realise it's never too late to travel down the path I left behind and give my second priority dream a second chance.

 

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