Questions tagged [violin]

The violin is the best known bowed string instrument. It is the smallest of the string instruments normally used in orchestral music. It is used in all music styles and is very common in classical, country, and certain types of folk and traditional music. Another name for the violin is the fiddle.

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Popular Solo Competition Pieces For Viola/Violin? [closed]

For those who compete often, what are the most common/popular solo pieces played at (pre-collegaite, national level)competitions for viola/violin? I am attending my first viola competition in a few ...
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What's this w-shaped ebony item from my grandma's violin case?

What's this w-shaped ebony item from my grandma's violin case? Possible it's not violin-related.
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What does 'sostenuto (come IVa corda di violino)' instruct a keyboard player to do?

Baldassare Galuppi, a composer of the Italian Baroque, wrote a collection of twelve sonatas for harpsichord. In the first movement (Larghetto) of sonata number 2, the instruction sostenuto (come IVa ...
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What tips would you give to a beginner violinist to execute these pieces well? [closed]

I am practicing these two pieces to enter orchestra, but I am having difficulty practicing it. Specifically, as I am quite a beginner, I am not sure about many things technique wise. For example, how ...
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Is it usual for old violin to have an obvious line that separates the front plate into left and right?

The picture of the front plate of an old violin below shows a very obvious line that separates the front plate into left and right parts. While I understand that the violin has a two-part front plate, ...
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Changing a 14.5" viola into a violin?

My son plays viola and has outgrown his 14.5" instrument. We own it and it has a gorgeous sound. He wants to also learn the violin. Can we restring it with an E string? It's a half inch longer ...
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Wood grain on the back plate of violin

Usually wood grain of violin back plate is not obvious. But there is some exception such as the ones below. Is it caused by too heavy varnish? Is the fact that the wood grain is not straight ...
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Is it severely problematic if the edge of a violin break off?

If a part of the violin outside the purfling breaks off, would it be some other adverse effect besides the aesthetic ones? Would the structural stability of the violin be adversely impacted?
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How is it possible that a violin has a very different color on parts of its body from the rest of it?

How it looks as shown below: The owner told me that it is due to the positioning of chinrest, but it does not explain the color difference on the top left. In addition there are also such color ...
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Is it possible to have a break in the purfling in an instrument of the violin family?

I was only able to see the purfling from a photo and saw a break in the violin purfling, as in the picture below. From the wood grain across the purfling it does not seem that the purfling is drawn. ...
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How is it possible that some violin has many dark spots?

I wonder how is the dark spot as shown below is possible on violins. Is it due to cracking and re-varnishing or due to intentional antiquing? Would this impact the violin acoustically?
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What is this pattern at the back of a violin called?

I am somehow under the impression that there is a name for such pattern in the picture but I am not sure. How does such a pattern impact violin acoustically comparing to e.g. tiger maple?
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Does a beard adversely affect playing the violin or viola?

It's November which means it's time for "Movember" when some men traditionally grow a moustache in aid of charities aimed at men's health problems, typically prostate and testicular cancers. ...
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Safe to remove ball from end of ball end string?

I (sort of) recently got a new violin and as the tailpiece does not match my earlier rental I now have a mismatched ball end E string from my extra set. Looking at the string it definitely seems like ...
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Is looking at the centre spine behind the peg box of a violin a good way of discerning whether it is from Dutzenarbeit?

In some school of violin making, e.g. Mittenwald, the centre spine, if it is not from "Dutzenarbeit", should be sharp instead of ending with some delta. See the photo below. Is it also the ...
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Need help with opening passage of the 4th mvt of Mozart Symphony No. 39, 1st violin part

Hi, I'm having a bit of trouble practicing this section of the piece. I've tried playing it slowly and gradually increasing the tempo, but I just cannot get it and it's quite frustrating. The problem ...
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Can uneven surface on a violin impact the sound quality?

I saw some violins whose back surfaces are uneven, as seen from the light reflecting off the surface. Would this impact the violin acoustically? See the picture below for an illustration of the uneven ...
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Any tips for cleaning a violin from the early 1900s to make it usable again

Recently my grandfather gave me my great-grandmother's violin. He told me this violin was handmade in the early 1900s and it is an extremely precious family heirloom. The last time this instrument was ...
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Should practice be shared with the general public for the sake of sharing [closed]

I record much of my practice for my own study and it tends to be interesting at least to me when I make mistakes. However I find some of my errors are valuable teaching tools for me to learn from. ...
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How do I get back to violin after an 11 years hiatus

I stopped at grade 6 and intend to complete to grade 8. But after 11 years of not touching my violin, I basically have forgotten every single note on the violin. How can I get back all that I learnt ...
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Are there advanced high-quality violins like Strads with 4 fine tuners? Does any concerto virtuoso use 4 fine tuners? [duplicate]

Are there advanced high-quality violins with 4 fine tuners? (like Stradivarius.) Are there advanced violin concerto virtuosos players using violins with 4 fine tuners? Below are some related ...
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What do the small notes mean on 1st violin part

I’m playing first violin in my high school’s orchestra and came across a phrase with really small notes compared to the previous section. I suspect that it’s just showing me what the 2nd part is ...
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How do I play what looks like a double legato?

What is this (in the green rectangle)? To me it looks like 2 legatos. How do I play it on the violin? It's the beginning of the 15th piece, "A-hunting we will go", from the Doflein Method, ...
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Guidance on selecting an instrument meeting certain criteria

I want to preface this question by saying I'm a beginner to music. I recently attempted to learn the piano. I was fine with one hand but encountered several difficulties as soon as I switched to two ...
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Software to sync with tempo in violin

I am a beginner in violin (about 2 month) and i have trouble with syncing my tempo with metronome. Beside the fact that thinking about everything makes me lose tempo, I use my phone as metronome and ...
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E string won’t play C

I have a cheap violin I got a decade back and so far it has been holding on and playing well enough but for some reason now it won’t let me play a C on the E string. I can play a B and a D but the in ...
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Why would the E string on a violin go flat when its peg is released?

This is pretty self explanatory. The moment I stop holding the E string peg in place, it immediately goes back down to an Eb. Why is this happening? Is there a good fix to this?
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Strings change pitch by the fingerboard

I know in playing classical violin pieces generally the player will stay away from the fingerboard, and in folk playing a lot of players hover right on the edge of it for a "warm tone". I ...
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When to start learning double stops on violin?

I am an adult beginner on the violin and would just like to say I've absolutely loved it so far. I started at the very beginning of this year and found a teacher who I'm extremely happy with. Around ...
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How to chose chin rest for a violin player?

There are different violin chin rest. My daughter’s violin teacher said the left hand which place on the strings should be like a butterfly not a crane. So I watch my daughter practice and found the ...
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investigating differences in violin right hand technique

I'm making a powerpoint investigating differences in right hand technique between Fritz Kreisler and Jascha Heifetz. However, I have not been able to find much footage or even live photographs of ...
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Is the Violin Sonata No. 9 a particularly difficult Beethoven violin part to play? If so, what is it that makes it particularly challenging?

In The Daily Show's April 14, 2022 video CP Time: The History of Black Classical Music comedian (among other titles) Roy Wood Jr. mentions George Bridgetower: George Augustus Polgreen Bridgetower (11 ...
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Too slow growth for violin?

I am not sure if this is the right place to ask this, but I am wondering about the pace of learning of typical working adult (~ 30 years old) learning violin. I have work (PhD research work, really) ...
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What do '4eCe' and '2eCe' mean in Lalo's Symphonie Espagnole?

May I know what does '4eCe' & '2eCe' mean in this context? *I got this sheet music from imslp.
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Why was Violin Concerto No.1 in A minor (Bach) composed?

I'm doing an assignment on a baroque period composition, and I chose Violin Concerto No.1 in A minor by J.S. Bach. One of the things I need to do is explain why it was actually composed. I'm having a ...
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How to emulate a violin using a guitar?

I need to make violin-like sound using a guitar for some project of mine. It's going to be a normal guitar passage, followed by the same (or almost the same) passage with a different timbre. Using a ...
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Artificial harmonic pitch

When playing an artificial harmonic, does it matter where the stopping finger is placed? Leaving tone quality aside, will the same pitch class be produced regardless the stopping location? I performed ...
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3 octave A Major violin scale fingerings?

What are some common fingerings for a 3 octave A major scale on violin?
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Indian and western classical violin [duplicate]

Can I learn both Indian classical and western classical violin at the same time?
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How to play 3 notes at the same time on the violin? (Der Erlkonig)

I'm trying to play Der Erlkonig by Ernst, and in the first lines it seems possible, but you get to the 3rd, 4th, and 5th lines, I lose all hope in being able to play the piece. To start, a violin has ...
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I dropped my violin! Is it OK? What should I do? [closed]

Okay, the unthinkable has happened. I dropped my violin (or viola or cello), or something fell on it, or someone knocked it over. What should I check? Can I correct any problems myself? Should I take ...
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How to tell whether the soundpost of a violin needs adjustment?

I am aware that soundpost should be adjusted by a professional luthier when the violinist desires e.g. brighter sound. But as a beginner, I don't think it is relevant for me for now. Does the fact ...
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Strange Flagolett notation in Küchler op.12

I am practicing Ferdinand Küchler's Concertino op. 12, and the second movement (Andante cantabile) ends like this (see image). I know the natural flagolett (04) which brings an octave of the string, ...
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Identifying the string instrument used [closed]

I’m going to start learning to play a string instrument but I couldn’t choose between a violin or a viola. Recently I’ve been listening to an anime instrumental music and I have fell in love with it ...
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Notation for violin harmonics in "La Création du Monde"

At the end of Darius Milhaud's La Création du Monde, the violins have some harmonics notated that I can't quite figure out. I'm not a string player, and I'm wondering if the notation given here would ...
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The last note in Bach's Chaconne for Solo Violin

When playing the final note in Bach's Chaconne for solo violin, at least the way Arthur Grumiaux performed it during the 1960s (heard on a recording), it's an open D string and then a fingered D on ...
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I broke my G string and my other 3 strings are out of tune too

It’s Thanksgiving break right now and I have a Christmas concert next Saturday December 4th, so I brought it over to my Abuela’s house to practice. However, my grandparents keep the house hot, so my ...
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How to play Swallowtail Jig on viola (beginner level)

I'm teaching a few young students the Swallowtail Jig in a fiddling group. I have mostly violins but also a viola player. I'm wondering what the best way is to teach this tune. The trouble is that ...
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Numbers above the notes on a music sheet

I am wondering what the numbers above the notes (1 up to 16) on the second line seen in the picture mean ? In other words, how should one play these notes? It is an excerpt from Sympthony No 9 from ...
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Understanding terminology relating to the formula for the relationship between length of a string and its pitch

I am teaching mathematics, and I don't have any background in music. There is a cool example in the textbook that is related to the violin. There are a couple of technical words in that problem that I ...
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