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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problems with fiddle tuning

I have been tuning my fiddle successfully for the past year (had about 4 months of lessons). Now my fiddle has gone kapluie on me. First my bridge went flying and that had to be re-installed. Then the ...
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What are some songs/music piece that I can use to practice Violin?

I just started to learn violin. So far, I only know how to play "Ode to Joy" and also learning to play "Canon" in C. Can you please suggest me some songs that are easy for beginner like me to ...
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Violin strings breaking in fingerboard area

My violin's strings have been breaking every 3 to 4 weeks. I only practice about 10 hours a week. It is not normal for strings to be breaking constantly and though the problem could be an incorrect ...
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How to avoid shaky violin bowing?

When I last arc with 4 pulses down 60 bpm I realize that the bow is not very stable and is a bit shaky, someone would know some exercise to solve this?
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What is the right age to start learning to play violin?

I heard that it becomes very difficult to learn to play violin after a certain age (14 IIRC). Is that correct? And what is the reason?
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How to play faster songs on the violin?

I am a student who is currently in middle school and have been taking orchestra classes. For the 4th year we're required to play very fast songs; so I am to slow to play the music and when I get to ...
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Am I able to repair the pegs on my violin?

A couple years ago, my cousin gave me her old violin that she never played, and it is for sure over fifty years old. When she found it, the pegs were really loose and they will not stay in their place ...
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Can a tuner help to tune my violin in perfect fifths?

I have always used a tuner to tune my violin, but have noticed that the strings are not in perfect fifths (I'm a complete beginner, and I understand perfect fifths to mean that if I play E using my ...
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What is the proper name of the dash symbol over a note and how to play it

Can anyone specify the name of the particular symbol above the crotchet? According to Wikipedia it's called a Tenuto but my teacher said it's called a "dash". Which one is correct? Or are both names ...
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How to achieve a rapid violin tremolo

I heard a romanian gipsy fiddler playing dizzyingly rapid tremolo. How can I achieve that?
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Appropriate temperament for violin

I'm new to violin (and music in general). I am learning through the Suzuki method, but after I get down the fundamentals I hope to learn Irish and American fiddle tunes. I recently discovered an IPad ...
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Downshifting in high positions on violin

I'm having trouble going down to fifth position from a higher position. I often land a little offkey (usually flat by a quarter-step unless I overcompensate), I think because that's where the base of ...
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Tension when practice arpeggios on the violin

I have played the violin for 2 years. One of the most persistent problems for me is the unbearable tensions in the left hand. The tension is much increased when I practice the arpeggios, with the ...
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Picking up violin again

I used to play the violin from the age of 8-15, and I reached Grade 8 violin, however I soon found I could not fit it in with all my other hobbies, so I just quit (immature decision). I'm just about ...
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Bow hold and broken thumb? Suggestions?

So it feels like I'm fighting the bow due to the angle of my thumb, it's not impossible but I could use a few pointers or suggestions. The standard bow hold is mildly ineffective for me.
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Loosen strings for long-term storage of violin?

Of course the bow should be loosened so it doesn't warp or break, and the violin strings should not be loosened so much that the sound post falls out, but should they be loosened at all for long-term ...
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What do you call plucking the violin strings with the finger, rather than using the bow?

I was attempting to learn a bit about violin sheet music, and then I wondered if the act of producing sound with the finger or the fingernail had a written notation. I had a hard time finding a video ...
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Is there a significant difference between playing one note or multiple ones per bow stroke?

So recently I realized that I tend to do just one note per bow stroke for everything I play. I was taking a look at how violinists played, particularly with Fur Elise, which begins something like ...
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Are there limits for the possible pieces for different violins?

I don't know anything about violins. No, actually, I don't know anything about music, so this is rather basic: Despite it looking terribly hard, I decided to learn to play the violin nonetheless. I ...
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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. ...
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Double stopping pizzicato on the violin

So recently I watched a video on double stopping on the violin, you can watch it here. In the video when she started to play pizzicato and hit those two notes, she hit them one after another, sort of ...
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Quality of Sound Box changing with time?

Do sound boxes of acoustic instruments (guitar,violin etc) get better with time (decade or so)? That is their overall resonance is more pronounced. Or is it just placebo effect ?
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Showcase Piece in Music

What is a showcase piece? I am doing an audition, and they want me to perform a showcase piece. Can somebody tell me the answer?
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Violin: How to change left hand position without hearing the change?

Let's say you are shifting from 1st position on the G string with 3rd finger C to third position, 3rd finger E. Are you shifting position: Before changing bow direction or After changing bow ...
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What are the best methods to study violin positions?

I play on a few songs in other locations but am not an expert on them
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How do you practice the violin, self taught?

I am an adult beginner violin student. I'm currently trying to teach myself. I would like someone to help with a run down of everything they do when they practice, step by step.
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How can i improve my intonation on violin?

I'm sure the right answer is "practice more" but there's a limit to the amount of time I get to do that. Are there any obvious techniques or quick exercises I can use to improve my intonation? Even if ...
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Why does my violin's A-string show signs of damage after only a week?

I changed my A-string on my violin due to accumulated damage (over 1 year of playing) about a week ago. Now the new A-string has tiny dings and what looks like slight unraveling. The damage seems to ...
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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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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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Electric Violin care

I'm a beginner violinist. I'm planning to buy a used electric violin, but I don't know much about them. Is the maintenance for an electric violin the same as with the acoustic one? Any tips on how ...
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How to play a piece “cantabile”?

When the performance direction is "cantabile" one must supposedly play it in a song-like manner, but how do I implement it in my playing? Is it just the nature of the piece that will do the work or do ...
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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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What is it called when a violinist quickly bows all strings in an 'arpeggio-like' flourish?

You can hear this 'arpeggiating' flourish in Heifetz's 'Last Recital' during Strauss's Sonata for Violin & Piano here (already cued to 45:48) and (in case you prefer animated movie soundtracks ...
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How should I tune my Norwegian-styled hardanger fiddle to play the tune called 'Fanitullen'['The Devil's Tune']?

I recently bought a 9 string, Norwegian-styled Hardanger fiddle. I want to learn to play the traditioinal Norwegian tune called 'Fanitullen ['The Devil's Tune']. Can someone tell how to tune this ...
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Oriental violin techniques?

I recently started to explore oriental and arabic music, and I do play some Maqams and some ornaments and slides, but I'd like to ask if there is a methodical book or some sort of overview of the ...
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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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Mathieu Crickboom “The violin” method

My teacher insist on teaching Mathieu Crickboom's The violin books. The violin has 5 volumes. it usually take 5 years for 5 volumes. I don't know is it good method? what's the most famous method ...
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Rosin doesn't work on the bow

I just bought a violin. It comes with the yellow color rosin that doesn't seem to apply well to the bow hair. I've been applying it like for 30 minutes but it doesn't seems to improve at all. What ...
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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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Difference between a baroque violin bow and a normal violin bow

I just came across a baroque violin bow while browsing for strings, which looks something like this. I wondered if there is any difference between a bow of this kind and a normal bow. After a quick ...
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Learn the alto recorder

My daughter learns the violin and I had recorder lessons as a kid (maybe two years). I know how to read music and play simple pieces on the soprano recorder. I would like to play together with my ...
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Is there a name for this guitar technique for Paganini's Capriccio #6?

I've spent several years working up Paganini's Capriccio #6 for the violin on the guitar and I wonder if the idea already exists and has a name. For the violin, the piece is a coninuous double-stop ...
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What should be clearance of the violin strings from the fingerboard at the bridge end?

The violin strings rise away from the finger board as it reaches bridge, right? What should be the optimum clearance of the strings at the bridge end from the fingerboard? I am asking this ...
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Should chords in Bach's solo violin pieces be arpeggiated if not marked as such?

So I came across this interesting statement about the way we should play Bach's solo violin pieces. One source claimed that Bach was not a lousy writer — he was actually a very accurate and ...
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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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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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Is there any book that consists of notations from various composers and suits my skill level?

I am an intermediate violinist pursuing grade 4 from ABRSM. I am interested in playing classical music. Is there any book that consists of notations from various composers and suits my skill level? If ...
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Fingering for playing three octave scales on the violin

What is the standard fingering for playing three octave scales on the violin?