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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Is it ok to use a cheap violin as a beginner? [duplicate]

I am just about to start learning the violin. To provide some context, I am not looking to pursue it professionally and am pursuing it for recreation. However, i still want to reach an intermediate ...
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Broken violin string during solo. What normally happens?

I'm not a violinist but I've seen a couple of online videos where a soloist breaks a string. They go to the leader of the first violin section and come back with a replacement violin. What exactly ...
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Should I switch from learning the Violin to learn Piano Keyboard instead? [closed]

I bought a violin over 2 years ago and yet I haven't learned anything since I couldn't get lessons. I was supposed to get some this summer but with the pandemic going on I couldn't. I really tried to ...
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How many violins should play alongside a single flute?

I'm 17 years old and I play the violin for my local church. A lot of people expect the violin to be loud, by loud they expect the sound to carry out to distant places without the aid of an amplifier. ...
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Expectations from a violin teacher towards an adult learner

I am an adult student learning the violin. I have have been playing for slightly more than a year. I can play most of the pieces in Suzuki book 1 now and have progressed up to book 2. I do not know if ...
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Divisi in Tchaikovsky Serenade for Strings

I am looking at the score for Tchaikovsky's Serenade for Strings op.48, Violins I section, and I can see that there are double-stops. It is not marked divisi, but I'm listening to some recordings and ...
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Can you actually play pizzicato with regular bowed notes ( at the same time )?

In the beginning of this video it looks like the player is actually pizzicatoing with the left-hand and playing regular notes on a different string, is that what is happening? Is that even a thing?
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Does having both first and second violin on the same staff replace the use of div. in a symphony score?

With consideration to the general rule that when div. is presented upper notes in the music are played by the violinist sitting on the outside, and lower notes are played by those sitting on the ...
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What does a “String section” consist of in popular music? [closed]

I was wondering if someone could please help me understand the use of a string section in popular music. According to wikipedia, the string section in pop music is smaller than in classical music but ...
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Violin drooping when stopping strings

To avoid the violin drooping when I stop a string I hyperextend the metacarpophalangeal joint of the index finger to let the violin rest on the "mount of jupiter" so to speak, but this makes ...
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My child's violin practice is making us tired, what can we do?

My daughter began taking violin lessons 2 years ago, she's now 7. She became interested because she saw an older cousin play the violin. At the beginning, we were told that in order to progress, one ...
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Which violin string gets played the most?

Whenever I've decided it's time to change my violin strings it's always because the D and/or A strings are beginning to lose it. It's never the G or E string. I've never had an E string snap and the G ...
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Mentally prepare for performing [duplicate]

Some background: I play the violin. Next spring, I will play in school. This will be graded and part of my final grade for music class. The problem is that I have almost no experience playing in front ...
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What's your trick to play the exact amount of repeated notes

Not sure if I am the only one, (maybe reminiscences of dyslexia?), but when I have to play repeated series of notes like in 'Schradiek, school of violin technics' I tend to under or overcount the ...
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Is it called a double stop if you play the same note on two different strings?

As the title says. If you play a note simultaneously on two strings in the same octave, is it still considered a double stop?
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Violin bridge E-string: pad or hardened insert?

I know many (not all) violinists place a small pad or a short piece of tubing around the E-string at the bridge contact point. Some bridges have a tiny insert there, presumably of a very hard wood, ...
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Will about 10 loose hairs in a violin bow make any difference when I use it?

It's something like the image above, just less loose hairss. While I was looking at it, I tried playing the violin, and some hairs got loose. Do I just cut them off or yank them off? This little book ...
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What does this bracket mean in violin music sheet?

I am a self-taught violinist and need help understanding this sheet music.I know how it sounds thanks to YouTube but I wonder its name and its meaning.
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Understanding function of diminished chord in Paganini's 4th caprice

I'm trying to understand this simple progression in the middle of Paganini's 4th caprice. This seems like I-?-I-V7-I in Eb major, but I am unable to figure out what the function of the second chord is....
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How do I play the last chord of Scherzo, Tarantelle?

At the end of Tarantelle (and also at the end of the first presto), there is a chord with three normal notes and the fourth is an artificial harmonic. I know the harmonic works, because I tried it ...
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Which is easier to master between the guitar and the violin? [closed]

I am looking to learn either the violin or guitar and am slightly confused. I have no musical background except that I tried learning the piano for about a month when I was very young. I am willing to ...
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Why is violin tuning order the way it is?

I get that A is how we define concert pitch, so we tune that first, but then we always tune D-A, G-D, then A-E. Why is that? Is it just convention? My best conjecture/hypothesis is that it makes it ...
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I'm looking for help both understanding and how to properly notate semiquaver triplets in 3/4 time?

Here is an example of what I am referencing. Here is how it is supposed to sound: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1G1tNWeMQ_IADvZ8JITKzK0WIUDPYvMSA/view?usp=sharing I am looking for assistance in ...
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Should i learn violin?

I have attended piano basic class but the violin is my favourite since I was young. I feel bad every time I play the piano because I did not choose the violin. So should I stop learning the piano and ...
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Long violin pegs

I have recently purchased an old violin (1805 on the label) to restore myself. I am, however, surprised by the long pegs it has; see the the image. Have you ever seen such long pegs? They look quite ...
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What does ‘Unis’ mean?

I’m reading through the study score for Tchaikovsky’s Pathétique. There’s an indication I am unsure of. They refer to the Strings section. (unis.) After a Google, I discovered several players in a ...
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Are these double stops playable on violin?

I have written a piece with a string section. Initially I had in mind more than 1 violin but I'd like to know how hard it would be for a single player.
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How to change the strings on my violin/viola?

It's time for a new set of strings. How do I change all the strings on my violin (or viola)? What are the gotchas I have to look out for?
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Number of Violinists in Orchestra [duplicate]

Please help me regarding this classic song sung by Rod Stewart with the Orchestra. Will the song music make a difference if the number of violinists are increased or decreased? If yes, what will be ...
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Problem with Tempo in the Adagio from Violin Sonata No.1 in G minor, BWV 1001 from Bach

I'm starting to studying the Adagio from Violin Sonata No.1 in G minor, BWV 1001. Normally I have some rhythm problems, and in this case I don't feel the pulse, my teacher has told me to study with 16 ...
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Wrist vibrato / releasing index finger from the violin neck

I am teaching myself the vibrato technique on violin and I have some doubts about it. Hopefully some one can shed some light here. If I understand correctly, it may be obvious because no one writes ...
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switching between strings on violin

So I'm learning a song on my violin which is played at 100 bpm and I'm having trouble switching between two eighth notes, a C on the high E string and C on the A string. I thought I'd shift up and ...
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Can violin be learned through online lesson for a person with piano knowledge?

I am a grade 2 piano player. I am interested in learning to play the violin, but I’m afraid that I might learn my basics wrong. Is it possible to learn violin online with a mediocre violin?
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Is it a bad idea to learn both violin and viola?

I have just started to learn violin. But I was thinking of buying a viola too. Mainly because the intonation is a bit easier on the viola due to longer scale length. But I wonder how hard they are to ...
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Wittner Isny shoulder rest compatible with Kreddle chin rest?

Does anyone have both? Can they be used together?
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Dvorak's Humoresque No7 in G♭ Major - is the key signature part of the joke?

This week's assignment from my violin teacher is Dvorak's Humoresque No7. As I'm a "good beginner" (started playing 17 months ago) he gave me the easier G transposition rather than the ...
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What's more important: Straight bow, or flexible grip?

I've been formulating my bowing philosophy. Itzhak Perlman has a phenomenal bow hold--his grip is very flexible, and it makes his playing look very natural. His index and pinky fingers occasionally ...
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Violin peg is stuck, won't move at all

My problem isn't that the pegs are slipping or loose, but that they're stuck. I am afraid I'll break it if I pull too hard. Please help.
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Which way do I put the violin blanket?

I was wondering which way do I put the violin blanket in a violin case because there are two sides, one that is soft and one that is hard(ish) made out of plastic (or whatever material it is). I want ...
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Understanding violin interpretation - guides

Along the lines of "Keyboard Interpretation From the 14th to the 19th Century: An Introduction" by Howard Ferguson, is there a similar work or works catering to the needs of violinists? Edit:...
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What range of violin bow hair tension is generally accepted?

I am trying to learn violin using online resources only. After about 80 hours of practice I destroyed a bow eyelet. My guess is that I applied too much tension on bow hair and/or bow quality was low. ...
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My violin string snapped (E) is there a problem? It’s new

I was tuning with a tuner and the E string was D# so I turned it and then it snapped. Did i tune bad or is there a problem? Please help I’m worried because it was a new violin :(
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I am struggling with fingerboard muscle memory on the violin. Are there exercises, besides scales, that can help me?

I'm an adult learning violin for 5 months now. No tape or any markings on the fingerboard. I can't seem to gain muscle memory when it comes to placing fingers. I have an idea of where they should go,...
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I can't work out if these string sections are tied, slurred or phrased

Take a look at the below screengrab from the orchestra score of Sweeney Todd. Are bars 1 and 3 (with the exception of the Bass) tied or slurred? In bar 2 the pitch does drop but in 1 and 3 it's the ...
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Violin or piano – which instrument makes more sense to start during Coronavirus lockdown?

During this quarantine, I really want to take this chance to learn playing instrument but I dont know which one should I choose? Piano or Violin? And I do have a reason why I want to learn playing ...
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When to vibrato on the violin

Recently, I started practicing and learning music theory and found out that there's "Vibr" written in the sheet when the piece--or any aspect of it-- needs to be played with vibrato but then I looked ...
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Why tilt a violin bow inward? (I.e., stick towards bridge, not towards scroll)

In this recording of Jascha Heifetz he frequently tilts the bow inwards (by which I mean towards the bridge instead of "outwards" towards the scroll). Here's a frame showing it: I have never seen ...
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Problem with violin finger placement changes with each string?

I have a violin student who recently purchased a violin from a music shop. It's not a professional grade violin, but it is still a nice student model. My student's intonation seemed to get worse after ...
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Does it make sense to play folk music by yourself on the violin?

I played the violin as a child, and now I'm trying to pick it up again. However, most of the music and notes I have are for classical music, which is what I played back then. So for instance I have ...
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Is it too hard to change Violin Bow Grip style later?

I am an eager learner of the violin for a few days and a fan of classical music for a long time. It's not possible for me to hire a tutor to give me lessons. I'm trying to learn online. Currently, I ...

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