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Recently, I bought a brand new violin. As I was looking at the parts that came with it, I saw a part called a violin mute. What does that violin mute do?

  • There are two types of mute, a concert mute and a practice mute. Which do you mean? – marcellothearcane Mar 11 at 9:55
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A violin mute fits over the bridge and dampens vibrations making the violin sound quieter. As simple as that.

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    As well as making the sound quieter, it changes the timbre significantly. I always preferred the muted sound when practicing... – topo morto Mar 3 at 23:46
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    I had to resist the temptation to answer "It mutes a violin." – user45266 Mar 4 at 2:28

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