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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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How to know when to play what note on what string on the violin?

I'm teaching myself to play the violin and only just starting on the notes and how to read the music, but i am getting a little stuck on knowing what note to play on what string from reading the sheet ...
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Violin technique “pick slide”?

Notation on the music for the violin says "pick slide." I have heard of it on guitar. How would you play it on a violin?
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Is it possible to play this difficult trill on violin?

There is a line in my violin music where there are two voices: The higher voice is a trill G-Ab on the E string The lower voice is a continuously held Db on the A string held throughout the trill ...
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Should I learn the violin first before I learn the cello?

I love the cello and would love to someday be able to play Bach's cello suites. It has such a warm sound. But 1 thing deters me from going straight into learning the cello, the price of it. I looked ...
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Does basso continuo make it unnecessary to have a Director?

I was watching a baroque violin concert on Youtube and there was one person in the comments section talking about the uselessness of having a Director, since the concert included a basso continuo. ...
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What is this string/violin technique called?

In this song, from 2:40 to 2:41, the strings play a series of very short notes. It sounds almost like vibrato. I hear this string technique quite often in orchestral music. Is there a name for this ...
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Notes and wire tuning in different frequencies

Can you explain me the relation between note frequency and wire tuning? I see, for tuning violin, 440 hz is used and called an A4, while a 432 hz can also be used and that too called an A4. But, don't ...
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Can Cello and Violin Pieces be played on piano?

This may be a dumb question, but can pieces such as Tzigane or Cello Concerto in B. Minor, OP.104, be played on the piano?
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String instrument response vs. a nice ring [closed]

I've been hunting for a violin, and am wondering: do you find that response (how easy it is to articulate) is inversely proportionate to how well it rings? Does this difference somewhat go down as ...
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What is the difference between a 14" Viola and a 4/4 Violin? [duplicate]

What is the difference between a 14" Viola and a 4/4 Violin? Are they both the same but just different names? Is there any difference in standard tuning or strings used? Or any difference in ...
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Why don't violins have geared tuners?

Why is it that violins use simple pegs instead of geared tuners, like an upright bass?
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What does this number and line mean under these violin notes?

What do these numbers and the short line under the notes mean?
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What is the high violin note in Scheherezade? [closed]

What pitch is the very high note held by the solo violin near the end of Rimsky-Korsakov's Scheherezade (here)?
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How do you play this section from “La Campanella”?

So I decided to learn La Campanella 3rd movement violin just for the heck of it and I got to this part: You’re supposed to play ninths with your 2nd and 4th fingers. How is this even possible? It’s ...
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Holding a violin against the hips?

I cannot seem to find a reference to this practice anywhere outside of this video (seen from the beginning of the video) Is there an official term for this type of ...
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Reaching Low 1 on Violin

When learning where to place your fingers on the violin, common advice I hear (especially if you have a short pinky) is to first place the 4th finger down so you know you can reach it comfortably, and ...
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How to tune a violin in a proper way? [closed]

First of all, is the G string the shortest among the 4 strings? Also, does applying graphite on the groove always works? I'm traumatised by E string as it's very easy to snap. Do you guys have any ...
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Youtube channels like one of Paul Davis or Adam Neely but with focus on violin [closed]

Im in the look for youtube channels to subscribe myself to of professional violinists talking and playing about both the theorycal and practical sides of the violinist life. I love the way this young ...
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Can't tune violin with GDAE

I'm just starting to play violin and I'm having trouble while tuning it. When i try to tune it to G3 D4 A4 E5 the strings get just too tight, if i try to tune it to G2 D3 A3 E4, they get just too ...
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Why is a violin so hard to amplify?

Why are electric violins so expensive compared to an electric guitar, why is a guitar pickup so relatively easy and cheap to produce compared to an electric violin's pickup?
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Cremona SV-1220 missing sound post?

I purchased a Cremona SV-1220 violin today at a yard sale. It didn’t have any strings on it. I purchased some at a local guitar shop that had some in stock. I was watching a video on the internet ...
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Double stops in ABRSM Grade 7 violin

I am going to do ABRSM Grade 7 violin. Under scales and arpeggios I have to play double-stop scales in sixths, in G and Bb majors. In a book I found out that when I am asked to play double stops in ...
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I feel like I don't evolve, and sometimes shamed when playing with someone better than me

I'm currently 15 years old, and I play violin on the church. I started playing there when I was 9 years old, and always loved doing what I do, specially for the reason I do it. I sometimes play with ...
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Violin Question (Help)

I have always wanted to play Pirates of the Carribean and other beautiful melodies on violin. For me, it is a nightmare to play anything on it. I have a musical background (Electronic Producer). I ...
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Would like some advice on how to teach myself to play the voilin

I do not currently know how to play any instruments, or read sheet music. I would like to learn how to play the violin. In looking online it seems as though i can get a starter violin for around $100, ...
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Does knowing what position you're in actually help with fingering? If so, how to practice/learn?

My violin teacher makes a very big deal about knowing which position she's playing in and seems to take pride in being able to say which position she's in at any given moment. Is being aware of ...
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How slur/legato score notation should be played on violin: with hammer and pull-of or the other way?

How slur/legato score notation should be played on a violin: with hammer and pull-offs or the other way? What to do if it can`t be put on a one string? How to play legato in JS Bach Violin Partita No. ...
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In what position to play Monti's Chardash solo (Sautille arpegios with melisms) violin bars 34-40

Who knows in what position to play Monti's Czardas solo (Sautille arpegios with melisms) violin bars 34-40 and to use open E string or play E on a A string instead? Is there any violin tabulature for ...
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What is this unfamiliar notation?

The notation I've indicated in the red box in the attached image, what does it really mean in music context?
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What are the technical terms of these fiddle sounds?

I am curious to know what these 3 sounds, produced by a fiddle, are called: Sound 1 Sound 2 Sound 3
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BWV 1004 - Is there a pause by the end of Ciaccona or is it staccato?

I'm working on a project to set Bach's music on lilypond files (so that people can share and enhance to better match manuscripts). I just uploaded BWV 1004 to the repo but I'm wondering what's the ...
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Recovering serious violin training Part III

Another technical issue I quite often encounter now is the following - Link to Part II: My body has not changed drastically so, my arm-span has not changed a lot - it's about 2 metres. However, now ...
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Recovering serious violin training - Part II

My second isuue that has to do with my techinque is the following - Link to Part I: I've always had a weak pinky finger, which bothered me quite often. Actually, it is too long to fit comfortably ...
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What violin strings have the lowest tension without a bad effect on sound quality?

What violin strings have the lowest tension without effect on sound quality? I have a violin from China, it seems that strings have a too hard tension and deform the fretboard slightly. I tune it a ...
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Stentor violin buzzes on the B note

I've got a Stentor Conservatoire violin a couple of days ago and although it sounds really nice when I try to play the B note on the A string the violin "buzzes" somehow and produces a very different ...
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Optimal storage conditions for a violin

What are the optimal conditions to store my violin in? A person in my orchestra recently suffered damage to her violin due to the strings tightening and breaking the bridge and I want to ensure I can ...
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On alternative training in case you can not practice a violin for a long time

On alternative training in case you can not practice a violin for a long time? I have been playing the violin for about 25 years. I am doing it as a hobby, but I play it at least once every two days ...
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Cork in the base of a violin's chin rest

Recently, all the cork that was between the base of my violin's chin rest and the instrument's body has been rubbed off and, as a result, the chin rest is "flowing around" the lower left part of the ...
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Playing music by ear [duplicate]

So I have a hearing condition called Enlarged Vestibular Aqueduct, which causes slight hearing loss for me. I play three instruments: clarinet, piano, and violin, yet I'm having a difficult time ...
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As a soloist, should I face the audience or the conductor during long tutti sections?

I am playing a violin concerto with an orchestra and a fairly large audience in a few weeks. So my question is, in the long Tutti parts where I don't play, should I face towards the audience, and what ...
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Fraying violin A -string

My violin's A-string is fraying (unravelling a bit) near the bridge. Right now, my playing is a little squeaky there but nothing very noticeable. Will this get worse or is it fine to leave the string ...
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Are there any good playable violin tabulatures for Paganini caprices, Bach and Vivaldi music?

Are there any violin tabulatures for Paganini caprices, Bach and Vivaldi music? Or that is stupid to write tabs for a fretless instrument?
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Where do you put your middle finger when you play D note on A string, on a violin string

For example, when your ring finger is on D note on A string, where should I put my middle finger? c, c# or somewhere in the middle? Are there even requirements for those?
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Caring for violin while leaving it unused for a long period

I'll be away from home for about six months, leaving my violin (it's a 1910 Eduard Reichert, if that makes any difference) behind. I loosened the strings to a very slack state, and as a result the ...
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Are there any violin exercises for advanced playing like Hanon and Brhams for piano?

Are there any violin exercises for advanced playing like Hanon and Brhams studies for piano? In other words, what to play except the music itself to develop a better technique in the shortest time ...
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Is the Violin a difficult instrument to play for a beginner?

I am sorry if this question is too opinionated. I have thought about it and feel that an answer could provide terms and concepts that could enable people wanting to learn the violin, to go into it on ...
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What does beating the fingers with the bow at the end of a concert mean?

I was to a violin concert and at the end of the concert, when the audience applauded, I saw some of the violinists beating their pointer fingers or palms softly with the bow. What is this? Is this a ...
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Is pizzicato on a violin family instrument louder than finger picking an acostic guitar?

It seems that way, since those instruments are played in large concert halls that a guitar would probably need an amplifier for. And if it's true, what is the reason?
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Is it time to replace my violin bow?

I am an advanced (post grade-8) violin student and I have had my bow for about 3 years. I've been playing intense pieces and although I have lost some hair, the density of the bow is still really good....
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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?