The STRAD playing hub

October 30, 2022, 10:14 AM · I just discovered this on line:

Unfortunately only subscribers to The STRAD magazine are able to access it. However, a trial use is available.

I have had a continuing subscription to The STRAD since 1970 except for 5 years around 1990 (when they raised the subscription charge to its current neighborhood) and I shared a subscription charge with one of my adult students and the local violin maker, who was able to use the charge as a tax write-off.

Replies (11)

October 30, 2022, 3:11 PM · are you trying to share the article or shill for the mag? Just copy and paste if you're trying to share an article behind a paywall!
October 30, 2022, 6:09 PM · It was the whole concept, not one specific article - and then when I was 1/2-way into finishing my post I realized it might be limited to subscribers so I tried to try to access it on my wife's computer and found that indeed, I could not really share it so I decided there was no real harm in shilling for a a publication I have enjoyed for more than half a century.

I thought it possible that some other violinist-dot-comers might want to go for it or at least try the free trial.

October 30, 2022, 7:53 PM · Since we're shilling for magazines, The New Yorker is pretty damned good too. The cartoons alone are worth the subscription price.
October 31, 2022, 1:46 AM · Agreeing with Andrew and Paul... .
November 2, 2022, 2:39 AM · @ Paul, I'll second that. My younger daughter has a subscription to The New Yorker and loves it. The refined prose is also an excellent way to hone English language skills for non-mother tongues.
November 2, 2022, 2:54 AM · Thanks Andrew, sorry your thread got hijacked. I'm afraid the Strad playing hub isn't for me. Talk of finger push-ups, developing powerful base knuckles and vibrato exercises just makes me feel inadequate.
Edited: November 2, 2022, 10:15 AM · I think there's a time and a place for A-level professional advice. Let's remember there are amateurs out there -- a lot of them -- that really want to up their game. Still, I have to wonder how often the answer is "ask your teacher" like it is around here. I balked at the price of The Strad. It's really not that expensive and I can afford it, but honestly I can't buy everything. I already spend so much on music stuff, including my daughter's lessons, her instrument and bow, piles of sheet music, all that stuff.
November 2, 2022, 4:04 PM · @ Andrew Thank you for the post. Unfortunately I cannot bring myself to spring for the subscription cost. Like Paul I must limit the spending somewhere. Lord knows I've spent a small fortune on strings alone this year!
November 2, 2022, 5:15 PM · I understand balking at the price of a STRAD subscription - it caused me to resort to a shared subscription 30 years ago, for about 5 years - but then I moved away. But thinking about it differently, it costs about as much as a single one-hour violin lesson with a local professional in these parts.
November 2, 2022, 6:46 PM · The New Yorker owes me and everyone an apology for continuing to disseminate the fake news that Andy Borowitz is humorous.
November 2, 2022, 9:48 PM · Hi Andrew, thanks for sharing this. Personally, I really like the playing hub; lots of great information there! The cost is quite reasonable for the current issue, access to ALL back issues, and the hub for less than $7 a month; I've been a digital subscriber for years and love it.

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