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Violin Tip of the Day
For Violin Students of All Ages
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Today's Tip
Christmas Day, when we celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ, God's gift to mankind.

Take a day to think about your violin and the music it plays as a gift.  Not only are you fortunate enough to be allowed to play such a beautiful instrument, you have the opportunity to give those who hear you pleasure.  You have been given another way to communicate with others.  You can speak to them with you music in a way that words will never equal.

Your music training is a gift to you.  Not only do you get to do something fun, you get the chance to stretch your mind through music.  It has been shown over and over that people who have musical training have better mathematical and reasoning abilities.

Play your violin today in a way that lets you express the thanks you feel for the gifts that you receive -- and the gifts you are allowed to give to others -- through music.

You are listening to a selection from Handel's Messiah.  The text from which the lyrics (in black) are taken is based on Luke 2

"8And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night. 9An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. 10But the angel said to them, "Do not be afraid. I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. 11Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is Christ the Lord. 12This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger."

13Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying,
14"Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace to men on whom his favor rests."

15When the angels had left them and gone into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, "Let's go to Bethlehem and see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has told us about."

So they hurried off and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby, who was lying in the manger. 17When they had seen him, they spread the word concerning what had been told them about this child, 18and all who heard it were amazed at what the shepherds said to them. 19But Mary treasured up all these things and pondered them in her heart. 20The shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things they had heard and seen, which were just as they had been told.

Merry Christmas!
The LORD will save me,
and we will sing with stringed instruments
all the days of our lives
in the temple of the LORD .
               Isaiah 38:20
For to us a child is born,
to us a son is given,
and the government will be on his shoulders.
And he will be called
Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God,
Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.
Of the increase of his government and peace
there will be no end.
He will reign on David's throne
and over his kingdom,
establishing and upholding it
with justice and righteousness
from that time on and forever.
The zeal of the LORD Almighty
will accomplish this.
                Isaiah 9:6-7
Maestro Fabrizio Ferrari, founder of
Virtual Sheet Music,
has graciously provided sheet music for this wonderful hymn at no charge. 
Thank you, Fabrizio, for this wonderful gift.
Click the version that you would like to download.

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A blessed Christmas to you all
from Art, Kathy and Adriana Haule!