It’s that time of year and the American String Teachers Association (ASTA) National Conference is once again upon us. Electric Violin Shop is a proud Bronze Sponsor of this year’s conference, as well as an exhibitor! The conference takes place this year at the Kentucky International Convention Center in Louisville, Kentucky from March 5-8.
There are an incredible number of sessions, events, masterclasses, performances and exhibit booths, enough that it can be almost overwhelming to the attendee who has not planned ahead. Therefore, we’ve put together the following guide for the student, musician or teacher in attendance whose focus or interest is on electric strings and alternative styles.
The Electric Violin Shop staff is always on the lookout for tools, devices and technology that suit the strings player, enhance their performance and expand their expressive palette. Let’s face it though–there aren’t many purpose-made effects for bowed strings. Therefore, we spend a lot of time testing guitar technology with electric violins in order to be able to find those that work best and offer them in our catalog, hopefully saving electric violinists lots of time and money having to do the same for themselves!
We recently dipped our toes into legendary guitar effects maker Electro-Harmonix’s catalog of guitar electronics. Electro-Harmonix is a New York-based company that makes high-end electronic audio processors. It is best known for a series of popular guitar effects pedals introduced in the 1970s. The company continues to innovate and makes some really solid, great sounding effects. We found that the following units, all of which we now offer in our catalog, work great with electric bowed strings and fulfill common needs of many strings players:
Electric Violin Shop owner Blaise Kielar has been retailing electric bowed strings for almost 30 years, first through his traditional violin shop in the 1980′s and then later through his eclectic Music Explorium, starting in 1999. It was this date in 2002 that saw the birth of the domain name ‘electricviolinshop.com’ and thus began the world’s first (and still only) shop specializing exclusively in amplified bowed strings!
Much has changed since 2002. We relocated from our little store on Weaver Street in Carrboro, NC to our present day location in Durham, near the Research Triangle Park; our branding and logo had a makeover; we completely redesigned our website in 2010, and many great new products have entered the market since then. However, a few things have remained constant over the years: our commitment to quality assurance; our high level of customer service; our thirst for exploring and vetting new gear and our love for what we do. Blaise, Chris, Duncan, Susie and Ted thank the strings community for your 12 years (and counting) of support!
In January the 22nd I made up my mind and gave “Click!” to the “Place Order” button in your website. The Yamaha SV-150 (along with a Coda Bow Prodigy) was on its first steps towards its final destination…When I opened the violin box the first thing I saw was a piece of paper with something handwritten on it. It was something special to actually receive a note with your handwriting on it, since now a day almost no one takes a moment to do such a thing. That note made me wonder when was the last time I sat down and let someone know I care…
Thank you so much, I have to say I am absolutely amazed at how far out of your way you and your company go to make sure your customers are well informed and happy! I’ll be liking you on Facebook and doing everything I can to let people know how great you are!
Thank you so very much for all of your help – my son received his new bow yesterday and was absolutely thrilled!!! He couldn’t wait to play his new electric violin last night!
I cannot express how impressed we are with your customer service and the assistance you provided to ensure that we had everything taken care of within a timely manner. We truly appreciate your help and will recommend your shop every chance we get!
It’s that time of year when everyone is setting resolutions and making promises to themselves. There is no reason you can’t keep and achieve your goals in 2014. Here are 5 common string player resolutions and how you can go about achieving them this year…
Resolution #1: Practice more
Was a lack of time or space to play your excuse for letting practice slide in 2013? Silent practice instruments allow you practice anywhere, at any time without disturbing others by plugging headphones directly into the instrument. The Yamaha Silent Practice line features headphone practice capability, as does the NS Design CR-series. Click here to view our full selection of silent practice instruments!
If you already have an electric (or a pickup) and amp, effects can be a great way to spice up practice. Those tedious scales, arpeggios and etudes become heavy metal solos when played through a distortion effect! Click here to shop effects processors and stompbox pedals. Read the rest of this entry »
Jazz violinist and educator Christian Howes has graciously extended holiday discount specials to customers of Electric Violin Shop!
Take 50% off instructional items in the Creative Strings Shop this month! (Starting as low as $1, these make perfect stocking stuffers for musicians) Get deals on summer camp tuition, our home study course, fun string ensemble charts, and more!
Holiday shopping can be difficult–especially if you are a non-musician shopping for musical equipment! Electric Violin Shop makes shopping for the string player in your life easy by offering a variety of gift options to fit nearly any budget! If you’re looking for something small or relatively inexpensive, check out our Stocking Stuffers category. If you want ideas for something bigger, including instruments and musical gear, take a look at out Holiday Gift Ideas, where you can sort items by price. For further advice on what to get your musical loved one this holiday season, read on or contact us for personalized advice… Read the rest of this entry »
The Electric Violin Shop violin wall on a given day, representing only a portion of our in-stock selection!
Whether you’re a seasoned classical violinist, an experienced fiddler, an aspiring rock or jazz player, or a novice musician buying your first musical instrument of any kind, choosing an electric violin from the many available models can seem like a daunting decision-making process. There is a huge range of prices, shapes, colors and features that can be enough to make anyone’s head spin! Not to worry…Electric Violin Shop is here to radically simplify your choice by showing you how to narrow down your selection based these key considerations:
By addressing this handful of considerations one by one, you can quickly narrow the selection of electric violins to a small number of instruments that fit all of your requirements. We are always available to assist you along the way and can be contacted at 866-900-8400 or by email at email@example.com. We also respond with careful personalized recommendations to those who submit our Shopping Assistant form. Read the rest of this entry »
The MuzArt World Foundation has invited Mark Wood to be the host and featured artist for a huge concert event called “We Are Hope” to celebrate music education and we’re putting out the call to electric and acoustic violins, violas, cellos, and basses to be part of the world’s first virtual symphony orchestra.
Indian Carnatic violinist Neyveli S. Radhakrishna, who goes by ‘Radha’, paid a visit to our shop in advance of a performance in nearby Raleigh, NC, bringing with him his own favored instrument, one of the most unusual electric violins ever made. Radha, who was inspired by L. Shankar’s similar instrument, commissioned John Jordan a double neck electric violin. Read the rest of this entry »
We love it when customers let us know how they’re liking their purchases, and even better still when the send photographs! This week alone we’ve had three lovely ladies send pictures and kind words of thanks…
“Here’s a photo from the Shamrocked Festival in Murrieta , California! Love my new Stratton [Skull] five string fiddle!”
It is EVS’s pleasure to conducting business around the globe, but providing advice and great customer service across time zones can be quite challenging! Here’s a great note we received from Francois Loiselle, a satisfied Viper customer: Read the rest of this entry »
Have you recorded original songs that feature electric violin, viola, cello or upright bass? Do you want free exposure for your band or solo act? If you answered yes to both, then it’s time to send us your favorite original track to be used as background music in an Electric Violin Shop YouTube product review or promotional video. There will be many upcoming videos and, therefore, many opportunities to have your track selected! Read the rest of this entry »
Football season is about to kick off and with it the fantasy football season. We at Electric Violin Shop asked ourselves, “Why should sports fans have all the fun?!” We got together and decided to build our fantasy performance gear rigs by selecting pieces of equipment in pre-determined order, à la fantasy football drafts.
Each staff member’s rig had to include an instrument, amplifier, effects pedal and bow (an exception was made for the upright bass rig), and a final slot in each rig was designated a “flex” item…in other words, player’s choice. We cut cards to determine picking order and proceeded to draft in serpentine fashion (first to pick in Round 1 is the last to pick in Round 2, etc.).
So, without further ado, here are the results of our expert mock draft (continue reading below for our experts’ post-draft breakdowns)… Read the rest of this entry »
If you’re a stage or studio musician, you can’t spend to much on an excellent cable. Your cable is the conduit through which your tone passes from your instrument to your amplification equipment and you can’t afford to lose the quality or strength of that signal along the way. Read the rest of this entry »
A 5th string extends the Violins range downward to the Viola’s low C.
One of the most common questions we get at Electric Violin Shop is “what do you think about 5-string violins? If I’ve played a 4-string all my life, would you recommend it?” This is a tough one, since every player will come to an instrument with a different set of skills and preferences. Though 5-string violins have been around for a long time, we’ve seen interest and popularity increase over the last few years. For reference, I’m a classically trained violinist and fiddle player, and I play both a 4-string and a 5-string violin in two local bands. I’ve put together a list of common 5-string topics to consider if you’re thinking about making the leap.
Who may want/need a C string on a violin?
Violinists or fiddlers who also love the low, rich tone of the viola C string.
Violists who are also comfortable with the violin scale length, and want to keep that C string and add the brighter flavor of a violin E string to their playing.
Teachers / instructors may want a violin and viola on hand to play certain passages for their students. A 5-string enables one to play violin, viola, and even cello parts (an octave higher than written).
If you like to improvise in any musical style, whether it’s bluegrass, jazz, hip-hop or rock, and wish you had a little bit more range to do so. You can also surprise the guitar or piano players that you might be trading licks with!
Time to gear up for Father’s Day…literally! Through Sunday we’re offering $20 off orders of $200 or more* plus free shipping on orders of $50 or more** on our site so you can save on gear for Dad. Simply add items to your cart and discounts will be calculated automatically based on your order subtotal.
*’$20 off $200 or more’ offer cannot be combined with other offers, discounts or coupons. Offer excludes Packages, Bose L1 products, Fourness Fuse and Stratton Skull violins, and all products from the Clearance, On Sale, Used, Collectible and B-stock categories.
**Free shipping over $50 offer excludes Powerwerks products.