Posts with tag: "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
Friday, January 15, 2016
By Elizabeth Johnston
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Get ready for DSQ's best single yet and the best cover of Adele's "Hello" that you've heard to date.

Dallas String Quartet takes their creative genius to the max with their latest music video and you won't want to miss it! 

This video was made in collaboration with two very talented video artists and was filmed at one of Dallas' most visited landmarks, White Rock Lake. We feel that the natural beauty of Dallas perfectly accents the sounds of Adele. 





Friday, November 13, 2015
By Elizabeth Johnston
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We often get asked, "What is the difference between the Classical Quartet and the Electric Quartet?" So, todays post will be educational for fans and clients alike.

Our Classical Quartet plays on traditional string instruments and they play traditional classical music with a limited contemporary repertoire. They are often heard playing such composers as Bach, Chopin, and Debussy, but can also play some contemporary songs like "All You Need Is Love" by the Beatles. This quartet is most popular for wedding ceremonies and elegant dinners. 

Our Electric Quartet has a much broader contemporary repertoire. Their music is fun and upbeat and since their instruments are electric they are able to be amplified giving a more powerful and full sound. This quartet is popular because they can play songs from many different genres including pop, jazz and classic rock. They play such artists as Bruno Mars, Guns n' Roses, and Maroon 5. This quartet has recorded three albums and is working on a fourth (more on this coming soon!). Their albums feature such covers as "Bohemian Rhapsody" by Queen, "Viva La Vida" by Coldplay and "Rolling in the Deep" by Adele. You can check out their albums on the Audio page of this website. This quartet is popular for wedding receptions, cocktail hours and private and corporate events. 

While the Classical and Electric Quartets are our most popular options many may not know that we do offer a third option, the DSQ Electric Band. This is our Electric Quartet with the addition of an electric guitar and drums. They play all of the same covers the Electric Quartet does, but the addition of the guitar and drums takes the quartet to the concert level. Most recently the DSQ Electric Band was seen playing at the House of Blues in Dallas, where fans couldn't help but sing along to their rendition of "Livin' On A Prayer" by Bon Jovi. 

Thursday, November 12, 2015
By Elizabeth Johnston
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Looking for entertainment for your upcoming Holiday party? Dallas String Quartet will not disappoint.  

We offer an option for every type of Holiday party. Book our Classical Quartet if you are looking for the elegance of traditional classical Holiday music. If you are interested in a more upbeat contemporary Holiday party book our Electric Quartet. Keeping it simple or low key? DSQ also offers solo musicians such as a classic guitar or harp. 

Whatever you are looking for this season let DSQ make your Holidays brighter!

Thursday, November 12, 2015
By Elizabeth Johnston
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Attention brides!

Dallas String Quartet will be featured in the Spring/Summer edition of The Knot Magazin Texas. Make sure to pick up your copy when it hits the stands November 23, 2015.

Dallas String Quartet has played many weddings over the years and loves working with brides and their families on one of the most important days of their lives. We offer many options for brides including our Classical Quartet, Electric Quartet, and the DSQ Electric Band (be on the lookout for a future post about the differnce between these options) as well as other various soloists and ensembles. We can play your ceremony only or offer you a package that includes a cocktail hour and/or reception. 

Interested in booking DSQ for your wedding? Check out our weddings page at or email us at