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Strings 101: the Science, History, and Care of Strings

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  • Ever wonder exactly how a musical instrument string is made? D’Addario & Co. has created a brand-neutral presentation that attempts to demystify the strings on our instruments. By detailing the history and anatomy of strings, we hope that everyone will gain more understanding of what best suits their instrument, playing style, and playing level. We’ll discuss everything that goes into making and playing on a string, including materials, maintenance, longevity, rosin, and everything in between.
  • Liz Benoit Crew (LBC@daddario.com)
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  • As the Product Specialist for D’Addario Orchestral Strings, Liz Benoit Crew delivers educational clinics to thousands of string players, students, and teachers each year, including such venues as the Juilliard School and the National ASTA annual conference. Liz also leads the Strings 101 clinician program, a nationwide team of string professionals trained in the science and history of string technology. She is also an active performer on cello, violin, and voice. Specializing in contemporary, chamber, folk, and musical theater performance, she holds degrees in Cello Performance and Classical Civilization. Memorable performances and collaborations include the Vienna Boys Choir, Philip Glass, and Kanye West. Liz lives in Brooklyn, NY, and plays with a number of ensembles, including the Brooklyn Symphony Orchestra and the North Shore Symphony Orchestra.
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