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Jun
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awarded  Commentator
Jun
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comment What is the origin of the up bow and down bow symbols for bowed string instruments?
Might I recommend a picture to enhance this answer?
Mar
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accepted Downshifting in high positions on violin
Feb
7
comment What instrument can an old guy learn if the main goal is to write music
What instrument can't an old guy learn? – Another old guy.
Feb
7
comment What instrument can an old guy learn if the main goal is to write music
Meanwhile professional composers do this all the time. The David Stock violin concerto has French horns playing c# above high c. That said, please don't do this. ;)
Feb
7
comment What instrument can an old guy learn if the main goal is to write music
Completely agree. As a violinist myself who studied the piano for a while I recommend an instrument that lends itself to chords and counterpoint as well as the melodic line for composing. There are a handful of instruments that can do this somewhat (the guitar, for another) but the piano is the canonical choice.
Mar
21
comment How do violinists manage headphone wires?
Right, I currently have no plans to give performances with non-acoustic instruments.
Dec
13
awarded  Editor
Dec
13
revised Violin fingering schemes for different scales
Corrected spelling; added link to book
Dec
13
comment Downshifting in high positions on violin
Thanks for the answer. I might even try something like that. The thing is, coming up to fifth I can always hit it dead on. I can even pick up the violin and drop my first finger right on F# on the A-string. I just can't reliably shift down to it from higher positions. :/
Dec
13
comment Violin fingering schemes for different scales
If you downvote, be kind enough to explain why.
Dec
13
suggested approved edit on Violin fingering schemes for different scales
Dec
13
asked Downshifting in high positions on violin
Nov
21
comment On being a musician and doing weightlifting
I think the point is not to work muscle stress into your music practice. Other than that, I see no reason you should avoid hypertrophy in another part of your life. (Anecdotally, I heard a story of a violinist/football player who had some mechanical problems because his shoulder muscles made it difficult for him to hold the instrument the way his teacher wanted, but even if it's true, I don't see how that could happen for voice or percussion.)
Nov
21
answered Criteria for speeding up when practicing with a metronome
Nov
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awarded  Scholar
Nov
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accepted How do violinists manage headphone wires?
Nov
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comment How do violinists manage headphone wires?
Update: I decided to get a pair of professional reference headphones. They have wires that detach at the phone, so if they get sudden stress they should just pop out. That's better than having my head suddenly jerked around. :) They were a bit expensive, but I figure it would be a waste of the violin to get cheap headphones.
Nov
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awarded  Supporter
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