The violin is the best known bowed string instrument. It is the smallest of the string instruments normally used in orchestral music. It is used in all music styles and is very common in classical, country, and certain types of folk and traditional music. Another name for the violin is the fiddle.

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Melody and singing [on hold]

Hey im just wondering whether it is nice to play a melody on an instrument with a singing vocal and other music instruments. For example, a violin with a choir both playing and singing the same melody....
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Is holding the violin without using your hand indicator of proper position?

I have seen from some resources like books or videos, that if you hold your violin properly, then you should be able to hold them with your chin and arm, somewhat like this: Now I am new to violin, ...
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How can you be sure your teacher-to-be is an accomplished musician?

If I plan to take some lessons, I would like to be sure my teacher is of sufficient level, for what I have to pay for. Is there any way to be sure of that without being seemingly rude and take the ...
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Why does violin sound differently after playing on it for some time?

I have heard from some of my friends that when you have "fresh" violin, they sound different(presumably, worse) than after playing on it for some time(e.g. half a year). Is this statement true? If so, ...
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Violin bowing techniques

Okay, so I was about to use a violin for my next composition but I would have plans on using pizzicato and legato. But is it possible for one to notate pizzicato in some parts and then notate legato ...
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Other strings vibrating when playing pizzicato on Violin

When playing pizzicato on the Violin (specifically on the A and E strings), I hear the D string vibrate as well, even when I don't touch it. This causes the notes I actually play to sound a bit weird ...
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How can I straighten a violin tailpiece (and do I need to)?

My violin tailpiece is at a noticeable angle, as shown in the pictures below. I assume this is partly because the bridge is quite steeply-raked (which presumably can't be altered significantly, as the ...
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Why do I always sound better when I play violin with my teacher?

I notice that during lessons, I pay a lot better than when I practice at home. Even if my teacher asks me to play something by myself, it sounds better than when I try to play the same thing at home. ...
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Acoustic violin vs electric violin? [closed]

Does playing a background part for a song sound better with acoustic or electric? And also, if the original song used electric violin, will it still sound nice if i used an acoustic one to play it ...
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How can I write a new melody to fit an existing song? [closed]

I've seen people play a particular song on a violin, and after the bridge, they play something else rather than the chorus of the song. Is there a way i can make my own kind of music that still fits ...
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Why is the D string so loud compared the other strings on Violin (when doing pizzocato)?

I'm working on trying to play chords and such on a violin as if it were a guitar or another stringed instrument, but I noticed when I play chords (like the G chord), the open D note rings out and is ...
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Violin String snapped, and so did spare. Will I damage my violin if I leave it with 3 strings?

So, my A string snapped last Saturday and as a result I re-strung it with one of my spare strings. I should note that at this point, after tuning it, the sound was coming out a little strange (or ...
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Three notes on the violin?

Okay, I've been taking the rather unusual step of playing some violin scores on the mandolin (the tunings are the same, and they're about the same size, so they're usually pretty suitable parts). ...
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What Affects “Tonality” on a Violin

In a Certificate of Merit test, I was told by the judge to work on "tonality," which, as I am told by my teacher, is kinda sorta related to timbre (not pitch or rhythm, but maybe similar to ...
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Role of muscle memory vs. ear-based micro-adjustments in non-fixed-note instruments

Many instruments have fixed notes tuned according to equal temperament, but some don't. The most common examples are the violin family, the trombone, and the human voice, but one can also find ...
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Should I learn guitar, harmonica, or violin first?

I decided to begin studying and practicing one of the instruments I love, which are guitar, blues harmonica, and violin. Is one of them the easier to play? Also, my ear is not trained on recognizing ...
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Why are my fingers suddenly sluggish?

I had a late night last night. I had played my violin several times during the day, and had no problems. Today, I woke up late (as is to be expected after getting to bed at 12:30) and had a slow start....
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Mastering carnatic gamakas (slides, deflections)

I started learning Indian classical violin a couple of years ago. There is a lot of rigor in getting things right with my instructor, and sometimes I feel I'm plateaued and not making progress. ...
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Humidity rosin bowing problem?

I've been playing violin for four years now and every now and then the bow will get stuck on the strings and not move or produce a sound that doesn't sound right. I don't know whether it's a humidity ...
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Slapping Violin Strings with bow

I wonder what the following violin technique is called it happens in the following video at ar 4;50. It seems that it is some sort of slapping motion with the bow and also something that resembles ...
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Should i play piano or violin? [closed]

First of all, i have no background in music except for singing. I'm 15 years old and i recently got really interested in classical music, and the instruments that have me the most interested is the ...
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Arpeggio sequences

For my entire learning career as a violinist (25 years) I've been given arpeggios to practice with similar characteristics, always in a specific order. 1) there's the regular major (1 3 5 8 5 3 1). ...
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What causes pain in my left wrist after extended violin sessions?

Yesterday I had a real blast as I had the opportunity to practice my violin for at least four hours off and on including my lesson. While I enjoyed the nothin' but violin, I noticed that at least ...
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What is the name of the object on the strings of the violin behind the bridge

I see on some violins there is something on the A and E strings between the tail peace and the bridge. What is it called and what does it do? I found a similar thing on the violins of the soloist ...
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What kind of violin is good for a beginner?

I am going to be getting a new violin soon, and I was wondering if there is a certain kind I should get. I want it to sound more professional then the 3/4 size I currently have.
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Can I learn violin without a teacher? [duplicate]

I am a singer. But, violin fascinates me. I wanted to know, is it at all possible to learn violin without a teacher (because I have very busy schedule :( ). I am around 30 years old and I DO NOT PLAY ...
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Playing what you hum or whistle on the violin

Let's say I have a tune in my mind, one I have invented and so there isn't any sheet music for it still. I would like to play it on the violin. What strategy can I use to find out what strings to use ...
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Not-so-awkward body movement while playing violin

As I have mentioned in previous questions, I'm someone who likes to get really into the music. I sway around, and enjoy the song with movement. I notice professional violinists sometimes almost dance ...
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How to improve jerky bowing on the violin

Well, I've been playing the violin for more than six years and, of course, I enjoy it immensely. I fancy myself rather good at it, but today I had the idea to record myself playing. I'm super glad I ...
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How to play faster notes in the violin

I want to perform a really fast song for a competition. Could anyone suggest how I can learn to play fast? For example, does anyone have advice on which songs to choose?
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Learning my first instrument

I’m 21 and about to finish college. Learning to play an instrument has always been a long standing lifelong dream of mine and pursuing it has finally started to look feasible in the foreseeable future....
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How can I improve on playing my piece of music?

So at my school we do an opening mass every year and this year i wanted to play a song. I've been playing violin for two and a bit years now I wanted to play Ashokan Farewell. I can play it however ...
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Why are violin string so expensive?

What exactly is about violin strings that make them so expensive in comparison to guitar strings? Is there something about the manufacturing process that is just more expensive? Does it have ...
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Are metal steel strings OK for classic violin?

Are metal steel strings OK for classic violin? Never played violin, you know.
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Violin too small for daughter?

My daughter is 6 years old and taking violin in school. They recommended that they go with 1/10 or 1/8. I went with 1/8 as she is on the taller side. Receiving the violin in the mail, this thing ...
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Young string student

I received a violin not too long ago that has metal screws in the pegs. I am unable to tune with the pegs due to this and I am unable to change the strings. When i try the pegs slip and won't hold ...
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Violin, cello, quietly, lessons

I am 16, and I have no musical talents, but I have always loved the violin, I have enough money to buy the instrument, but there is no way for me to afford lessons. I would be dedicated to learning ...
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When is it okay to move up a violin size?

When is it okay to move up a violin size? I have a 3/4, I've had it for about a year now, and it's a bit small. But when I try the 4/4, it's a little bit big. How can I fully determine if it is ...
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The manufacturing date the violin

I'm buying this violin from a violin player. I inspected the label inside it and I found those info: Suzuki Anno 1981, here is a picture of it: Which means that it is 34+ year old. I'm a ...
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How should I clean my fingerboard without damaging my violin?

The other day I was teaching some 5 and 6 year old friends about my violin, and they drew the bow all over the fingerboard, making the strings sticky. I don't want to damage my violin while cleaning ...
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What are ringing tones for a violin?

I need to know this because I need some information about ringing tones for a science project that I am doing. I have tried researching, but I could not find any information.
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Violin Tuning- shouldn't the the A-string be tuned to A5? Why A4?

G3 up by a perfect fifth is D4, D4 up by P5 is A5!! A5 up by P5 is E5. It's all good except that the A string is tuned to A4, which is 440Hz. Why should not be tuned to A5?! Why is the tuning G3, D4, ...
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Are there more violin music similar to “Canon in D”? [closed]

I noticed that I particularly liked playing 2nd and 3rd violin in Canon in D because they're essentially first violin part shifted by couple bars, so it escapes the typical "2nd violin horror" of ...
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Practicing Correctly for a Musician

I play the violin and have always practiced for at least 3 hours a week. The thing is, I don't think I need that much practice. What are some ways I can identify if I'm practicing in the Most ...
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Teaching Theory for Violinist in Suziki book 2?

I have been teaching a young violin student for quite a while now with the Suzuki method, and she is now about to take 'Bourree' in book two. But recently I started reading the stuff on the pages ...
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Tendinitis while playing the violin

I have been playing the violin for 5 years now. I am very dedicated to practicing and I am a Freshman in high school and on average practice 4-5 hours a week. I have noticed within the past year that ...
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Does violin holding technique really come down to individual style/preference?

I'm a self-learner using various online videos to teach myself to play the violin. Nearly two months in, and I've found instruction on how to hold the violin (and bow) differ quite significantly. My ...
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How to teach a young child the correct intonation on the violin?

I'm a parent who is teaching my child how to play the violin. Unfortunately, my child is not consistent about the placement of his left-hand fingers on the fingerboard. For example, when my child ...
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Buying nicer violin Strings

I have been playing violin for a little more than a year now and plan to continue playing. I play for about 20-30 minutes a day. I want my new strings to make a marked difference in the sound of my ...
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What should I look for in a violin as a beginner?

I want to buy a violin I will not take lessons just play with it in my little free time and I don't seek to be professional or any thing so I may buy a second-handed violin as I have little money. ...