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Check out my article in Strings Magazine, Jan. 2015!

Laurie Niles

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Published: January 5, 2015 at 9:28 PM [UTC]

Check the Jan. 2015 Strings Magazine for my article and a review of my book! It also has plenty more to recommend it, like the cover feature on Philippe Quint, a review of the strings set-ups of 16 artists, and more. For me, it was fun to write a print article; as editor of, most of my work is online these days!

Jan 15 Strings

My article, an overview about playing without a shoulder rest, appears on p. 75-76. It features advice from Dylana Jenson, Patricia Ahern, Julie Lyonn Liebermann and Thomas Metzler, as well as from Stanley Ritchie's book, Before the Chinrest. The main point: if you're going to play without a shoulder rest, there are specific techniques involved and you'll need to adjust your playing a great deal. Simply chucking the shoulder rest, without adjusting your technique, could cause you pain and problems!

The review by Megan Westberg of my book, The Interviews, Vol. 1, appears on p. 87, and she said some nice things like, "Given Niles' skill at developing a rapport with her subjects, her book will prove a must-have for readers looking to get a deeper understanding of what makes their favorite artists tick." Gosh thanks! :) It was a pleasure to write for Strings.

Posted on January 9, 2015 at 1:07 AM
Nice job!!!!

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