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MattPutnam's answer covered technical aspects very nicely. Here I have some further thoughts that are often overlooked. String quartets require you to be careful about more than notes. Even though the three (there are two violins in the quartet) instruments belong to the same family, they have each their own perks: they respond differently to dynamics; ...


Aside from all of the standard voice leading stuff, all you really need to be aware of is the physical limitations of the instruments. And for strings, there's not a lot that you have to avoid. Know the tunings of the strings, so you can avoid writing impossible double stops (two notes that must be played on the lowest string). Commonly, people write ...

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