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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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Changed string on violin, the string is in tune but my finger placement has to change

I changed the A string on my violin exactly 24 hours ago. The violin nor the string has gone out of tune, the bridge is fine as far as I can see. But now when I play with my usual finger placement on ...
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Violin becomes a spring by the force of my jaw (without me pushing extra)

I'm teaching myself the violin. I'm a guitar player for many years so I'm (at least I believe) going kind of fast with progress. I started learning without a shoulder rest for about two months and on ...
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How to bridge fifths across 3 strings on violin/viola

I'm familiar with bridging a finger across 2 strings to play fifths and all of the weirdness that happens to get that in tune (fingers, it turns out have a certain roundness). I'm also aware that it ...
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Most violins have the same shape, mandolins have many different shapes, why is that?

There are mandolins with f-shaped holes, oval holes, round holes; bowlback mandolins and flatback mandolins; archtop mandolins and flattop mandolins; mandolins with a pear-shaped body (A-style) or ...
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Staccato and legato on a violin simultaneously? [duplicate]

Can anybody explain to me how it is possible, if possible at all, to play staccato and legato on a violin simultaneously? Here is a score I stumbled upon on YouTube: As ...
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What is a slide-to-lift-off called?

At the end of the first solo the guitarist slides backwards an the lifts off the note. I'm pretty sure that is a thing violinist also do. Is there a term for that, I do seem to want to think so? Solo ...
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Treble clef change during a piece

I originally asked this as a follow up on this thread, 8va or clef change? but it was suggested by "Elements in Space" (thanks, Elements!) that I should ask this as a new question, and link ...
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What does this bowing marking signify? [duplicate]

In Maurice Ravel's String Quartet in F Major, just before the up-bow marking, the engraver has written what looks like an upside-down down-bow marking. I have not come across this before …. What does ...
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Will this section be playable by a professional pianist and a professional violinist?

So I am composing a piece for a competition, and it has a strict criteria about the song being playable. I am looking for reviews for a section in my piece for playability. The piano part , 16th notes ...
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Paganini's Cantabile for violin and guitar in D - clarification on the notation [duplicate]

This is from Niccolò Paganini's Cantabile for violin and guitar in D: How do I play the red-boxed notes properly? What does the hat-dot signs mean? What are they called?
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Triangular notehead at the end of a glissando/portamento

I was studying a score that had this strange symbol in the violin part. It's a triangular notehead at the end of a glissando/portamento. The note seems to be suspended, not connect to the staff with ...
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Mozart Notated Staccatos - Continuing After Notation Ends?

In Mozart's "Don Giovanni" there are many phrases notated as staccato which, after 2-3 measures, no longer have the staccato notation to the end of the phrase. (Ex. Dover full score p.393 ...
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Seamless detaché on violin

Following my teacher's recommendation I have started to record myself play violin. I was horrified when I listened to back to it. The notes I play as detaché, sound like they have a big silence in ...
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Shall I stop my daughter's violin practice or how should I adjust

First let me summarize the current situation. We live in the United States east coast. My daughter is six-and-half years old. She started practicing violin two years ago, following the Suzuki method. ...
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How to finger this chord Bach violin Fugue C major Violin

The chord below is from Bach' violin sonata 3, Fuga Up until this point the chords have been easy enough to at least figure out the fingering. In this case the fingering seems to be impossible. Ive ...
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How do I maintain my skill level when I won't be practicing for a good while?

violin player here. I've been playing for 5 years, and soon, I will be on a three-week trip where I will be unable to bring my violin with me. I have been practicing almost every day, but I am worried ...
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Horizontal arrow protruding from a note

I've found some notation that I'm not familiar with in the violin part for the musical Tuck Everlasting. It's a horizontal arrow that starts at the stem of a note and points rightward along the staff: ...
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Best place to buy good quality sheet music for violin? [closed]

My son would like to try to play songs that are not in his school book. The challenge we are facing is that every time we search for a song we are faced with tens, if not more, different sheets and we ...
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There are marks under the bridge, is this normal? Is there a way to remove it?

There are marks under the bridge, is this normal? Is there a way to remove it?Also, there are traces after my chin rest is removed, is there any way to solve it?
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Double stops on pizzicato

Am composing a modern violin-piano duet here, would love the piece to actually be playable for a violinist (am a pianist myself), so would really appreciate your expertise here: "Can double ...
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What does o b Dr. mean in a Rode Caprice #5?

What does o b Dr. mean in this Caprice?
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Bach Partita II Allemande, Practice Advice

I am a student on the violin for about 3 years now, and currently practicing Bach's Partita II Allemande. I would like to ask for some practice advice on how to play the chord. How do you practice ...
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How to play a chord on the violin if two notes are on the same string

I am learning to play on the violin. On my score sheet there is a chord with the notes C,E,G in C major (the scale is not relevant). I do not understand how one can play two notes on the same string ...
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Which double-stop intervals are the easiest and the hardest for a violinist?

Which ones of the following intervals are the easiest and the hardest for a violinist to play as a double stop? the third interval (including all its variations) the fourth interval (including all ...
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What is the difference between starting with an upbow and a downbow?

I'm not a violin player, so I'm surprised when people say that starting with an upbow or a downbow makes a difference. As far as I'm concerned, it is a matter of preference, and different violin ...
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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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line for fingersettings in lilypond

I have a question if the following possible in lilypond. The lines above the bar. I have not found how I can do that.
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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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