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VARIATIONS - New Ways to Enjoy the Violin and Viola

Be sure to put a regular visit to the CAM Publications VARIATIONS page on your calendar. From Appalachian to Zydeco; Baroque to Hip Hop; the Americas to China, the violin and viola have found prominent places within a multitude of very different musical styles/traditions. We set out to find videos (or just audio, if that's all that was available) of virtuoso performances featuring these wonderful instruments in as many styles as we could discover.

We're now up to 46 videos in an amazing variety of styles and traditions from around the world and through time. We'll keep adding to this resource on a regular basis, so send us your ideas and feedback.

This is your opportunity to explore, expand your knowledge and interests - and simply enjoy yourself listening to the violin and viola playing some pretty fantastic music. There's something very moving about hearing and seeing this extended family of musicians of widely diverse backgrounds expressing themselves in such varied ways - on the same instruments.

If you're a student, find something you like and ask your teacher if you can learn a piece from that tradition. If you're a teacher, use this resource to inspire your students to practice and work on their technique - anything is possible if you put in the time on your scales and exercises!

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