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comment Does failing an entry exam mean that a serious musical career is unlikely?
I'd be surprised if there were not countless anecdotal examples. "Genius in X was thought by her or his teachers to be a dunce at X" seems a common story: Einstein leaps to mind. But making a living out of being a musician seems so hard that perhaps being open to having it as a hobby instead of a career is a wise choice to consider; after all that worked for Einstein!
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comment Mathieu Crickboom “The violin” method
Great answer. It would be even more useful if you could include their strengths and weaknesses with your list of methods.
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comment What technical difficulties will I encounter transitioning from violin to 5-string viola?
One big change if you do start playing viola repertoire is having to read music in the c-clef
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comment What technical difficulties will I encounter transitioning from violin to 5-string viola?
I think a five string violin (with the low C string) and a five string viola (with the high E string) are the same instrument? I'd be intrigued if they aren't, can you provide a link to the instrument in the question?
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comment E string remains silent when playing fast legato from A string on violin
Getting another violinist to play the existing set-up is a great idea.
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comment E string remains silent when playing fast legato from A string on violin
OK - I'll add another idea. Please do keep us up-to-date it's a fascinating question.
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revised E string remains silent when playing fast legato from A string on violin
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comment E string remains silent when playing fast legato from A string on violin
OK - I'll add another idea to my answer.
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comment Difference between equal temperament and just intonation
For a thorough yet engaging mathematical explanation I recommend David Benson's Music: a Mathematical Offering. It is available to buy, or as a free download. Chapter 5 (it is free standing) covers scales and temperaments and Chapter 6 has a lovely explanation (in terms of continued fractions) as to why the octave is divided into 12 semitones
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revised What are the best methods to study violin positions?
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comment How to avoid shaky violin bowing?
This is too random to pull out as an answer but I find that staying calm (i.e. breath steadily) helps as does keeping my hands warm on the way to playing (e.g. thick cycling gloves)
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answered What are the best methods to study violin positions?
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