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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Are fingertips supposed to hurt and get calluses from playing the violin ?

Whenever I play the violin a lot my fingertips start to hurt to a point at which it is painful to keep playing and this is just from around 3 to 4 hour a day practice which I don't consider to be ...
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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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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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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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What to choose? Violin or piano?

First of all. I am 26 years old. I have no musical background or whatsoever. I don't know how to play any instrument. I can't even read musical notes. But I want to learn an instrument. About my time. ...
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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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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 string players tend to breathe heavily in performance?

Recently, I've started to develop an interest in classical music, specifically chamber music and, more specifically, piano trios. Having listened to a few performances now, I can't help but notice ...
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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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Getting a good sound from a 5 string violin

A while back I bought a violin with five strings, i.e. there in an extra low C on it. However, as the body of the violin is the same size as that of a normal violin, so whenever I play on the C-string ...
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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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What resource teaches me finger placement for violin sheet music?

New to the violin! ... So, I'm really confused now. You see, as a hobby, this whole time I have been learning songs by memorizing the finger placement some violinists use for their pieces. Buuut, ...
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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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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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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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How do I teach a five-year-old violin?

I just got a request from a mom who would like me to start teaching her five-year-old violin, and I really need some help. I've been teaching piano and violin for three years now, but I've never ...
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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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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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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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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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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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Tuning the violin E string

I'm beginner in the violin and while tuning the E string using a chromatic tuner I've noticed it has two different tuned spots. One is kind loosely producing an squeaky sound and another one is ...
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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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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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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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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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Why does plucked and bowed string of violin produces slightly different pitches?

I know that when plucked as in pizzicato, the violin produces a muted sound. However, I was surprised to find out when I checked with my tuner that if I tune my violin by plucking, it seems somewhat ...
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What frequencies should the violin and viola be tuned to?

I'm using this app to tune my violin, it supports many temperament options. What I want to do is tune the A string to 440Hz first, then comparing the other strings sympathetically to the adjacent ...
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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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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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How do you play two consecutive up bows?

I am currently learning Hunters' Chorus, and was a little confused about something by the marked note: As you can see, the note is supposed to be played as an up-bow, but when you are playing this ...
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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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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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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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Do the violas often play the same parts as the violins in an orchestra?

Are violas always part of an orchestra? How are they typically used? Do they often play the same parts as the violins to create a richer texture? I'm new to orchestration and have been wondering ...
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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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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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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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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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Entrance of the Queen of Sheba- in need of clarication on sheet music

In measure 55 where the solo starts for violin 2, there is this note on top of this series of other notes. There isn't any indication of division or anything, do I choose what notes to play?
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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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How do I tune my violin when I cannot yet do it by ear?

I have a few tuning apps but they give me some strange info like G8 instead of G, is this number the octave?