Posts with tag: "Electric Strings"
Wednesday, January 09, 2019
By Dallas String Quartet
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OK, that may be hyperbole, but hear us out.  Have you ever considered whether the type of music you listen to improves or diminishes your productivity?  Or have you ever noticed a difference in your focus based on the music you choose?  Perhaps more so when you study?  Well, you’re not alone!  Studies have shown that small changes in your environment - such as the type of music you listen to - can greatly improve your work.  
 
 
We all listen to music.  It’s like your keys or wallet— always close by, always with you.  But how does the music we listen to affect our ability to function well?  Specifically the difference in efficiency and information retention between listening to acoustic music versus vocal music.
 
We get many messages from students of all ages that they listen to DSQ particularly when they need to study.  Does the fact that our music has no lyrics aid to better their studying?  Clifford Nass, a professor at Stanford University mentions that “[music] with lyrics is very likely to have a problematic effect when you’re writing or reading … if you’re not using the language parts of your brain.” [1]  While listening to vocal music may be fine while studying math, for instance, something completely numbers oriented, it may not be helpful in other activities like reading or writing, and even potentially a deterrent.  A study by the University of Phoenix discovered that listening to vocal music while doing school work can decrease your IQ by ten points! [2]  It forces your brain to multitask and try to pay attention to two sources of information —the lyrics in the song and whatever you are working on— at the same time. That means extra time on your school work… no one wants that!   
 
In a different experiment conducted by Professor William Forde Thompson at Macquarie University, he had a group of students listen to some Mozart that boosted the students’ comprehension skills.  He noted that the “…music has the ability to put us in a better mood, which therefore increases our IQ.”  [2]. It seems that there are many opinions on the matter of music choice when doing other tasks.  This is not to say that you must listen to one and only one type of music — the choice is all yours.  But who wouldn’t want to be more efficient in their everyday life?
 
That being said, we hope that our music can be used as a productivity aid.  All of our tracks are acoustic, so you’ll have no issues trying to concentrate on whatever you are up to.  Enjoy this track as you cross out your to-do list, efficiently!
 
 
Oblivion by Astor Piazzolla
 
On our current playlist: Métropole by Anomalie
 
 
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Thursday, April 28, 2016
By Elizabeth Johnston
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DSQ at the DMA

On April 23, 2016, Dallas String Quartet had the privilege of performing at the 51st annual Art Ball in support of the Dallas Museum of Art. With Todd Fiscus of Todd Events at the helm of planning, the event was nothing short of spectacular. 

This year's theme was Art + Architecture. The Dallas String Quartet created three feature performances for the event. The performances included a combination of Sibelius and Kashmir, an exotic version of Sabre Dance and a Texas Violin Duel.

 


Notable Attenders

The Art Ball attracts a high net worth audience, including some of Dallas's most notable philanthropists and the Museum's top patrons and trustees.

Celebrity attenders of this year's Art Ball included Dallas Cowboy's Tony Romo, former N'Sync member Lance Bass and Dallas' mayor, Mike Rawlings. 

 

 
Friday, March 18, 2016
By Elizabeth Johnston
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Learn from the best!

Not only are the members of DSQ excellent professional musicians, but they can also teach! 

Want to improve your craft through improvisatin?

Want to learn jazz, pop, or rock violin or viola?

Do you study classical music but have always wanted to learn a different style?

Do you play a string instrument like violin or viola and would like to learn how to use electric string instruments?

The members of DSQ would love to help. The Dallas String Quartet artists are all accomplished musicians having released three albums with a fourth to be released soon. They have played for the NBA and NFL organizations and for both Presidents Bush and Obama. They have all been classically trained in prestigious Universites and are well equipped to teach you.

 

Lessons will include:

-Improvisation

-Accompaniment Techniques

-Pop-rock music styles

-Jazz Standards

-The use of amplication and pedals

 

You can schedule an online or in person lesson by sending an email to booking@dallasstringquartet.com.

 

If you have any questions please feel free to leave them in the comments box below.