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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 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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Violinist bow hand / tone generation study : Violinists similar to Fritz Kreisler

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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Best way to practice difficult runs

Runs are very common in music; a typical run is a sequence of quick, short, slurred (not always) notes that either ascend or descend and often involve multiple shifts. The approaches I've learned a ...
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How to approach the collé bowstroke?

This section is from the bottom of the second page of the First Movement of the Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto. A specific bowstroke called collé is to be utilized in this section. I am not a ...
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The use of finger substitution to execute a slurred fifth

Upon performing the theme from the 2nd movement of the Tchaikovsky Symphony No. 4 (1st violin) part, I came upon a slur that went from a B flat on the D string with a fourth finger to an F on the A ...
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Is it spelled "violincello" or "violoncello"?

I’m trying to understand the proper spelling of the full name of the cello. I’ve seen it both of these ways, violincello and violoncello. I thought since the cello is part of the violin family it ...
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How to know what string to play on the violin if it does not show it on the sheet? [duplicate]

How to know what string to play on the violin and hand position for a classical piece if it’s not shown on the music sheet especially seen in these old music sheet pieces?
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harmonics in violin strings

a friend of mine is playing violin, and she explained to me that she can hear if she plays a false note because the string doesn't resonate well i find it very counter intuitive based on what i know ...
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Was Paganini the slash of the late 18 century and Stardivarius the Ferrari and Guarneri the Lamborghini of luthiers? [closed]

Would you rate Paganini the Slash of the late 18 century and Stradivarius the Ferrari and Guarneri the Lamborghini of luthiers ?
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Violin fingerboard issue

I know something is wrong with my fingerboard and I'm attaching a photo here. The fingerboard is too low with no projection at all. I don't know if this is the right place to ask. I had given my ...
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What are the numbers below the notes in Sarasate's "Gypsy Airs"

I would like to know what these strange numbers below this legato section of the violin solo sheet of Sarasate's "Zigeunerweisen" ("Gypsy Airs"), Op. 20, measure 7 denote. I know ...
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What can I do about a parent who is discouraging their child from learning violin, a child who really wants to learn, so that the child will drop out

The child really wants to learn but the parent isn't interested and employs tactics such as forgetting the instrument, keeps them busy all the time so there's no time to practice and has arranged ...
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How to stop unwanted harmonic in violin E-string

I play the violin, and for some reason, especially when I go from the A-string to the E-string, the E string squeaks a really high-pitched note that sounds like a harmonic, even when I take all my ...
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Violin practice tips, correction and advice

About 8 years ago, I started learning violin with a tutor for about 5 months but I left it abruptly because of academics. Now, three months ago, I decided to get back to it since I have more free ...
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How long can musicians perform before they get tired? [closed]

I'm conceiving a story where this might come up. How long can musicians perform before performance drops? There are hard limits imposed by biological needs (e.g. having to go to the toilet), but I'm ...
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This metal peg always hurts my collar bone, even though I do use a shoulder rest. What can I do?

Is there any solution to this??
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Violin tuning, equal temperament or just intonation?

I'm tuning my violin now, by making the fifths on open strings sounds most harmonious. So they are just fifths, a little wider than the equal fifth. But then would the gap between the G and E string ...
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Do useable MIDI stringed instruments exist (for entering notes into a DAW) (think Guitar Hero controller) [closed]

I have looked at MIDI violins today and saw they were 1500+ $ and seemed to be basically electric violins. So this raised an interesting point to me. Whereas an electric piano is just a piano keyboard ...
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Vibrato practices on Violin

While practicing vibrato (I've just started) I noticed that while vibrating, for example, on the D string with my third finger using the wrist, when I pull back and forth the third finger, while ...
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Violin left-hand thumb position

Adult self-taught violinist here. I've been learning for about three years. I've developed a habit of allowing the left-hand thumb to protrude rather high above the fingerboard, so that the neck of ...
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My arm length feels short while practicing violin

I am trying out different bowing exercises for violin and I am realising as I go for the down bow, I'm not able to keep my arm straight. I meant just from my wrist action, my arm straightens out with ...
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Roman numerals below the note in violin

I thought the number over the note was the string number for violin. But what are the roman numerals below the score? How do I finger this score in violin? Could you number on the score please...
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Notes on violin

I am a beginner in violin. I am confused that most of the times in music sheet the notes are normal (neither sharp or flat) but when playing it feels like one is playing the sharp of some notes (like ...
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How to map violin sounds to midi notes

There are some violin sounds available here : https://philharmonia.co.uk/resources/sound-samples/ For A3 many mp3 files are given: File Name, duration in seconds violin_A3_025_forte_arco-normal, 0....
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How to move fingers on violin?

I've read that: A common violin fingering problem is the result of excessive tension: not lifting your fingers using the base knuckle. When you look at your left hand, each of your fingers (except ...
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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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