Questions tagged [string-instruments]

A musical instrument that produces sound by means of vibrating strings. Use this for questions about the category, rather than for a specific instrument.

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Need advice on arranging second movement [closed]

As you might know from my previous question on staccato vs pizzicato, I am arranging K 545 for a string quartet. Instead of just doing the first movement, I will be doing all the movements. I need ...
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How to represent the staccato in the piano score?

I arranged the first movement of K 545 for a string quartet and I have gotten a lot of detailed feedback on everything from the unison between the 2 violins at the beginning measures to my bass line(...
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Is there a mandolin-like instrument with guitar-like tone and range?

I need to play low guitar accompaniment parts (simple bass-note-plus-chord style) but I prefer the narrow neck and short scale length of the mandolin. Is there an instrument (acoustic, not electric) ...
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Cello, Violoncello Basso, and Violoncello Contrabasso

I'm working with a score that at various times has parts marked "Cello", "Violoncello Basso", and "Violoncello Contrabasso" (though not all are present at the same time), all notated in the bass clef. ...
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What's the “normal” opposite of flautando?

I'm writing a piece in which I need string instruments to switch regularly between flautando and normal timbre. How do I denote this? Basically, I need a word which means "normal" with regard to where ...
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Why is the D string so loud compared the other strings on Violin (when doing pizzicato)?

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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What should I consider when I see a loose hair in a violin bow?

This drawing should do: These are the hairs of a brand new bow. Straight, clean, etc. I noticed this: As you can see, it seems like a certain hair is a bit loose. Is this bad? (I.e., does it ...
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steel-stringed acoustic guitar hurts my fingering hand; what are my choices?

I've been practicing guitar casually for a few months, without a tutor or teacher. I'm starting to be able to play chord progressions slowly, but after ten or fifteen minutes, I feel pain in my ...
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What are some properties of a string instrument's sound box that can make it louder?

I would like to know what some aspects of a sound box there are that I could change in order to make my instrument louder. I imagine enlarging the sound hole would be one, but what are some others?
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Why is the last string on a guitar called the first string and the first string called the sixth string?

I learned early in my guitar playing journey that what I would naturally assume would be the first string (the fattest string) is actually known in proper guitar anatomy parlance as the sixth string. ...
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What causes overtones at harmonic frequencies in an instrument? [duplicate]

I know when a string is plucked on a violin you can hear many overtones at harmonic frequencies, but where do these overtones come from? Does an ideal string vibrating in a vacuum vibrate at the ...
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Why do lower pitched string instruments have a larger body?

I know that increasing the length of the string will decrease the pitch, but that doesn't explain why the body of a cello is larger than a violin, only longer. What would be the "problem" with ...
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Barre-Chords on classical guitar with steel strings harder to play?

I only own a classical and an electric guitar and because I always wanted to play more rock, country songs etc on the classical one, I decided a while back that I will put steel strings on it. Ones ...
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Any idea what I should pay for a nyatiti?

There aren't any available to try in my area, but I'd really like to pick one up. The thing is, I have no idea what a reasonable price is. There are a few online, but the prices vary (in one case, ...
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Sound of guitar strings based on temperature

Does the sound of guitar strings change depending on the temperature? If you place the guitar in the freezer and later take it out will the sound be different? If you place it in the heater or blow ...
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On a stringed instrument, should a note ring during a rest?

In this example tablature, what should happen with the Bs and Gs during the rests? Should they be allowed to ring during the rest, or should they be dampened in some way? If it should just ring, why ...
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Tuning the nyatiti

What is the standard tuning for an 8-string Nyatiti? I've tried searching in Google but haven't found anything. I wonder if there are different tunings in different regions.
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difficulties tuning C string on ukulele

I'm having some troubles trying to tune the C string on my ukulele (the biggest of all the 4). I happen to have no issues with the other ones, but this takes so much time to to be tuned and it won't ...
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Transposing ineffective; song has all 12 chords…?

Players of instruments who use capos: Have any of you ever come across a song that you wanted to use a capo on, but it wouldn't help because the song had all 12 chords of that quality? Let me explain:...
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What is the practical reason for reentrant tuning on ukulele and similar instruments?

I'm intruiged by the fact that some stringed instruments, like the ukulele, are traditionally tuned in the way of reentrant tuning where the strings are not ordered from the lowest to the highest ...
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Is this a reasonable start to my string quartet? [closed]

This is what I have of my string quartet so far. I am using Musescore for composing this, so I put in 100 measures because I didn't know how long the first movement of the string quartet would be. If ...
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Harp - “Half Pedal”

I know from Kurt Stone's book Music Notation in Twentieth Century: Hold pedal halfway between two notches to allow the string to vibrate against the tuning gear. So, how exactly is half pedal ...
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How do I use string gauge tables?

I have seen that string manufacturers publish tables of string gauges and tensions. For example, this one. How can I use these to choose a set of strings for my instrument?
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What instrument is Stevie Wonder playing in this video?

In this CBS This Morning video Stevie Wonder is talking about Aretha Franklin who has just recently passed, after a long and profound life. What instrument is in front of him? I've never seen ...
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How do East Asian instruments (Shamisen, pipa, etc.) get their unique sound?

Is it because of the tuning of the strings, what the strings are made of, or the shape of it? Or something completely else? Would it be possible to replicate the sound with a regular guitar?
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Bass Guitar Metallic Ringing / Resonance?

I have a MIM Fender Jazz bass from the early 2000s that has sounded ridiculously good... until just last night. I noticed that now when I play the A string open there is a very strange acoustic noise ...
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Determining if string instruments can play more than one note at a time

I recently started writing a string quartet recently and I want the cello to play two notes (B and C; G and A) simultaneously. How do I know if that is actually playable (not on the same string/...
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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 any ...
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Why don't “classical” stringed instruments mark their note positions?

So, I understand why classical strings (violins, cellos etc.) aren't fretted, because of the change this makes in the tone. I've often wondered though, why the note positions aren't marked on the neck ...
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Can a violinist, violist, or cellist transpose by perfect fifth by just playing one string higher or lower?

In Can I play an English horn part with a viola?, jjmusicnotes commented that "transposing down a fifth is a pretty straightforward practice" for violists. I'm not a string player, so I've never ...
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Is this string properly installed?

A friend of mine lend me his 5-strings bass for me to practice for a fill-in. The instrument feels absolutely flaweless, and the sound is perfect. However when taking a close look at the bridge, I ...
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I think my guitar strings are wound too tight and I can't play barre chords

I'm a beginning guitar player, with a secondhand Yamaha FG-180J I got as a gift. The strings were already wound when I got it. Upon playing it, I had a lot of trouble playing barre chords. The strings ...
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What's the purpose of a sound post?

Almost all bowed string instruments have a sound post. It is said that this adds stability to the instrument and also "transmits vibrations to the bottom". Interestingly though, guitars do not have ...
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How to add higher strings onto an 8 string guitar?

I want to extend my guitars upper range then the lower range, the highest note is a B6, high e. I want to have my highest note being in the B8 range if possible. but open string wise, i would rather ...
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Why do our instruments go from bass on the left to treble on the right, and not the opposite?

Looking at our stringed instruments, as well as the piano, they all start with the bass notes on the left side and move to the treble side, on the right. Edit: What is the reason for that? Couldn't ...
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How to prevent guitar's neck from bending?

Today morning, my guitar was kept on bed and I plucked the 2nd string and the sound felt as if the string had touched the neck. Well, that was just once and it sounded fine once I started practicing ...
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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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Is a harp harder to play than a guitar? [closed]

Many people say that the harp is more difficult to play than the guitar. It seems to me that the opposite is true since every string on a guitar has many frets, say 15, so 6 strings * 15=75 notes ...
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String Instrument Bowings

In this picture I have provided: Does the one down bow mean all the notes are down bows? Or, all the notes are down up down up...bows starting on down?
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Should I tune string to pitch on attack, or on to the pitch on its sustain phase? [duplicate]

When I hit the string with a pick, it's tune becomes higher by a few cents. Should I tune the string the way that string sounds in pitch when I hit it with the pick, or I should I tune it the way the ...
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Valiha maintenance

I recently got my hands on a valiha (an string instrument from Madagascar) which seems quite old, despite still working. I would have loved to change the strings since they seem a little bit old, but ...
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When tuning a guitar, should you always end with tightening the string rather than loosening it?

I used to have a guitar teacher that said you should always finish tuning each string by tightening/sharpening the string. So for example if the top E is a little sharp, you should turn the peg to ...
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Is a white Double Bass okay for practice?

I have been playing double bass for 3 years, and I have been borrowing a bass. However, as I can no longer buy a bass, I am looking to buy/rent one. The best one I have found is this White one. It is ...
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As there's a “double” bass, is there such a thing as a “single” bass?

The lowest stringed instrument that is typically played in orchestras is sometimes termed a "double bass". Is there a corresponding "single bass"? Naively, one might think that it would be the cello, ...
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What to do with bow markings when playing the score on woodwinds?

I'm currently playing some sonatas written by Marcello for violoncello on bassoon instead, and stumble upon markings, which indicate up-bow and down-bow. Can these safely be ignored or is there some ...
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Roman numerals above string instrument notes

I'm reading the score of Bartók's Concerto for Orchestra, and I've come across some unfamiliar markings in the score: Google has informed me that they are used to specify which string the players ...
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Woodwind & String Instruments

I am preparing for my Grade 5 AMEB music theory test and you are required to know about woodwind and string instruments in it. When researching, I've noticed different websites list different ...
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String ordering - Top vs bottom?

I've always been dyslexic when it comes to this turn of phrasing - Top strings connote the strings at the top of the fret-board in my mind. Even after years of playing, I sometimes have to wrench it ...
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Do I have to replace all violin strings when E string broke?

I just received my violin 2 days ago. My E string broke when I tuning it. I enquired nearby musical instrument store and they only sell the whole set of strings. So, do I have to replace all ...
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Is clip-on tuner suitable for stage in orchestra?

I googled and saw videos in youtube about tuning in classical orchestra during their live performance. I was wonder if somebody tell me that using clip-on tuner for instruments (like violin) in ...