How to Choose the Best Guitar, 15 Factors to Consider According to Science

Navigating the surfeit of guitars available at your local music shop or online retailer can be a daunting experience. The sheer number of models, shapes and sizes is confusing. However, there might be a way to simplify the experience with [...] more >>

March 14th, 2018 | Tags:
On The Stradivarius Myth

In 2011, the Stradivarius violin known as the “Lady Blunt” sold for $15.9 million—four times the amount for any previous Stradivarius. The hefty price tag for these instruments is commensurate with their reputation. The Scottish violinist Nicola Benedetti, who plays [...] more >>

March 9th, 2018 | Tags:
Is A Stradivarius Violin Easier To Hear? Science Says Nope

Another day, another study undercutting the myth surrounding the 18th-century Italian violin maker Antonio Stradivari.

January 17th, 2018 | Tags: ,
Meet the encephalophone: An instrument you can play with your mind, just by thinking

This is your brain on music: Neurologists, composers and tech-geeks at the University of Washington’s DXARTS program study music and the mind — including the encephalophone, a new instrument you can play without moving a muscle.

December 1st, 2017 | Tags: ,
The Brilliance of a Stradivari Violin Might Rest Within Its Wood

In the violin-making world, two names reign above all others: Antonio Stradivari and Giuseppe Guarneri.

July 28th, 2017 | Tags:
The World’s Oldest Surviving Piano Sounds Better That You’d Think

Preserved historical instruments provide a tangible link to our musical past. But pianos are delicate creatures, and unlike violins, violas, and cellos, don’t always age very well.

June 23rd, 2017 | Tags: ,
Theodore Roosevelt and the Gold Steinway

When Theodore Roosevelt took office in 1901, America was in an era of great technological and industrial growth. Within the previous half-decade, Alexander Graham Bell had invented the telephone, Thomas Edison had invented the modern light bulb and railroads connected [...] more >>

April 19th, 2017 | Tags: ,
Competition unleashes futuristic piano designs

The winning entries of the Roland Digital Piano Design Awards feature radical reimaginings of the keyboard instrument.

March 1st, 2017 | Tags: