Here are some of our wonderful colleagues- teachers, players, and dealers who are at the forefront of innovative thought on string playing, body balance, positive teacher/student interaction, and professional treatment in the shop experience. Check out their sites and let them know how much you appreciate them.
Hal Grossman: The Grossman Method- http://www.thegrossmanmethod.com/. Hal is an extraordinary teacher and innovator, bringing valuable insights to his work.
Andrew McCann: http://www.alexanderand.com/. Andrew is a Chicago-based violinist and teacher, specializing in Alexander Technique work. With over a decade of AT experience, Andrew works to help players find their natural balances.
Kyle Pudenz: http://www.kylepudenz.com/. Kyle is a Nashville-based musician, working with 7-string violins. Check out his creative use of the instruments to create a unique sound.
Sally Ahner: http://www.sallyahner.com/. Sally is a gifted AT teacher, pianist, vocalist, and healer. Working in Nashville, TN, she has helped many musicians, artists, and others find their true path and balance.
Benning Violins: https://www.benningviolins.com/. Benning Violins is a prominent string instrument shop in Studio City, CA, and has long been known for their top-level work, excellent service, and fine quality of inventory. They graciously granted permission to display their collection of vintage Hill chinrests (here), which has provided us invaluable guidance in Boxwood color choice.
Beth Blackerby at Violin Lab: /www.violinlab.com/. Beth is a highly trained and wonderfully effective teacher, with a range of online classes available. She brings her years of professional playing and pedagogy to her work, and is fully dedicated to her students.
Jennifer Johnson: jennifer-johnson.co/. Jennifer is an extraordinary resource for all of us, and is the author of "What Every Violinist Needs to Know About the Body", a groundbreaking volume which incorporates Alexander Technique and Andover Method principles into a radical new view of what violin and viola playing can offer us. Her work receives my highest recommendation, and am eagerly awaiting her newest publication, "Musician, Heal Thyself!".
What Every Violinist Needs to Know About the Body on Amazon: For Sale Here.
Musician, Heal Thyself! on Barnes and Noble: For Sale Here.