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How the Top Ten Selling Violin Accessories on Amazon Relate to Cooking

Thomas McGregor

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Published: August 21, 2014 at 6:09 PM [UTC]

The crafting of this article, I must admit, is due to my own curiosity. And after some thought, I knew others would want to know what people are buying only and why. This list of items may or may not surprise you. Regardless, knowing this information will further expand your view of the violin world.

Top Selling Violin Accessories on Amazon:
1. Everest Violin Shoulder Rest 4/4 And 3/4

2. Super Sensitive Light Violin Rosin

3. D'Addario Prelude Violin String Set

4. Fretless Finger Guide for Full Size

5. Glaesel Violin Ultra Practice Mute

6. Jade L'Opera Rosin

7. JSI Special 4/4 Violin String Set

8. Set of Straviolio Violin Strings

9. String Swing CC08 Violin Hanger

10. Kaplan Premium Light Rosin

As you can see, rosin and strings dominate the list. This makes complete sense. The only item that stands out, even if slightly, is the violin hanger. If you aren't familiar with what the hanger is, I will fill you in. The String Swing Hanger attaches to a music stand to offer a place for your violin to hang.

The most important thing to keep in mind is to be open to new accessories that might aid in your performance. Although accessories aren't everything, you can't operate without some tools. Even some of the most minimalist players I know still use their favourite rosin or set of strings. Most find what they like and stick with that until they get curious again to try something different. I remember when I switched to Vision strings from Dominate. The change was a good one, in my opinion. But I would have never known if I hadn't taken that first step to try something new.

"Cooking is like playing a violin. The bow is a tool used to play, as is the knives and other tools you use to prepare. Spices are the notes used in the score. The way the food is cooked and prepared is the rhythm and tempo. The ingredients are the violin themselves, ready to be played upon. The finished dish is the music played to its best melody. All of these things must be applied together at the right pace, manner, and time in order to create a flavourful rush of artwork and beauty.” ? Jennifer Megan Varnadore

Accessories are tools. They are the material objects we rely on to produce what we hear in our head. Just as in the statement by Jennifer above, rosin is like the utensils we cook with. The shoulder rest, the pan. The strings, the stove. This goes to show that we must continuously try new ways of cooking if we plan on serving New dishes.

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