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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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 (~0:32) of the video) Is there an official term for this ...
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What is the difference between 'martelé and 'détaché' bowing?

As the title asks, I wish it could be clear to me. Can someone give me a good characterization? Do you produce them differently on a cello than on a violin or viola?
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Minimum time required to learn to play a simple music on violin? [closed]

To surprise someone I am a newbie to music, is trying to learn playing violin for a specific music. How long can it take? Thanks in advance for your valuable time.
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Why are all my bow hairs falling out?

Two of my bow hairs became loose while playing, so I plucked them out. Then after I did that, more and more started coming loose spontaeneously and now almost half my bow hair has gone loose and I'm a ...
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What are these numbers after “MM, Bowing and Rhythm”?

This Scales practice schedule from violin masterclass has numbers after MM, Bowing and Rhythm means. What do they mean?
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Violin too small for daughter?

My daughter is 6 years old and taking violin in school. They recommended that they go with 1/10 or 1/8. I went with 1/8 as she is on the taller side. Receiving the violin in the mail, this thing ...
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What is this flat thing on Ray Chen's bridge?

A recently released video of Ray Chen playing Clair de Lune shows what appears to be a strange flat object on the violin bridge. I thought originally that it was maybe part of the tailpiece or ...
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What methods are there to determine when a violin string should be replaced?

I am very new to the violin. I have broken a string just once - and it was while attempting to tune it. The string breaking was rather surprising and powerful - I'm glad my face was not too close. ...
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I've Never Played an Instrument. Where to Start?

I'm a 32 year old software developer who has a full time job, a family and a very limited amount of spare time. I've never played an instrument, and have next to no knowledge of the field. One thing ...
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Restarting to play violin

I'm a seventeen year old Hungarian girl who played violin for 5 years. I went to music school when I was 8 years old and left it at the age 13. This year I started to play again on my own. Currently I'...
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Western vs Indian Carnatic style of violin playing

I am a trained Indian Carnatic style violin player. Can I play Western songs on a violin with carnatic fingering techniques or do I need to re-learn everything to adopt to the Western style?
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Protection of violins when moving to a new climate

I am about to move from a hot, dry climate (Johannesburg) to a very humid, cool climate (Overberg, South Africa). Is there anything I can do to protect my violins from the impact of the climate change?...
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Delay / Distortion pedals for electric violin with bridge sensor (Schertler)?

I am playing a violin with a bridge sensor (currently a Schertler STAT-V http://www.schertler.com/homepage_schertler/statv-en.html). I am looking for good ideas for : Delay pedals Distortion / ...
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Violin Pickup that will sound like natural violin?

I have been looking for years for a violin piezo pickup (or any other that is feedback-safe guaranteed), that won't ruin the violin sound. All the PUs I've been experimented with over the last decade ...
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Is holding the violin without using your hand indicator of proper posture?

I have seen from some resources like books or videos, that if you hold your violin properly, then you should be able to hold it with your chin and arm, somewhat like this: Now I am new to violin, and ...
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Sources for analysis of Bach fugues?

I've been working on Bach's Sonata #1 for Solo Violin (BWV 1001) and I have concluded that I would benefit from some sort of analysis of the Fugue. In particular, something that shows every point and ...
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Major differences composing for strings as opposed to piano

I have been been composing for piano for some time (with Sibelius), and now I have the interest to try strings (solo instrument for the beginning, e.g. violin). Obviously I cannot take piano scores ...
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What should I ask my luthier about from a general maintainence perspective?

I am taking my violin to a luthier on the recommendation of my teacher (though I have been considering it for a while). Recently it has been 'sounding a bit off' - it has a forced quality to the tone, ...
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Hanon-like violin finger strength exercises [closed]

I'm looking for a book similar to Hanon for the violin, to develop finger strength, and playing ability for various violin techniques. Is there anything around designed in such a way that you just ...
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How to transcribe an arpeggiated 4-note chord to be playable on a violin?

I finished arranging the first movement of Beethoven's Piano Sonata in F minor for a string quartet, only to find out that the chord at bar 7 is impossible for a violinist. My instinctual reaction was:...
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In a folk jam session, when asked which key my non-transposing chromatic instrument (like a violin) is in, what do I answer?

I know of transposing instruments. A transposing instrument is one where the player reads a C, plays a C, and what sounds is the name of the key of the instrument. Those instruments are often referred ...
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I Want to Write a Song! [closed]

I've always loved music, since I was a little toddler listening to Papa play his fiddle every morning, which inspired me to pick up the violin at age five. Since then, I've always been looking for new ...
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Where should I change bow direction for these notes?

Here is a small extract from Mendelssohn's Piano Trio No. 1, Op. 49, II Andante con moto tranquillo: Until I can redo the screenshot, these notes should be marked as staccato too I am a bit confused ...
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Mozart's violin bowing

In L. Mozart's book about violin playing, he goes to great lengths to explain how to determine which way to bow per note. I'm seeing a lot of arbitrary rules in the sense that that he doesn't really ...
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Violin vibrato without shoulder rest

I've been playing violin exclusively with a shoulder rest for several years of playing thus far, but I recently found out some benefits of playing without one (better sound, more mobility, convenience)...
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Do I have to replace all violin strings when E string broke?

I just received my violin 2 days ago. My E string broke when I tuning it. I enquired nearby musical instrument store and they only sell the whole set of strings. So, do I have to replace all ...
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Are there existing paganini no. 1 caprices for piano?

Liszt wrote famous Paganini Études for the piano, which consist of transcriptions of the Paganini caprices which are originally for the violin. For example, 'La Chasse', which is Liszt Étude Liszt ...
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Is it harder to play instruments in the morning? [closed]

Does anyone find it harder to play instruments in the morning? When I play piano at 8 9 10 am, fingers just feel so weird and brain is slow. Playing violin is much tougher because all my muscles are ...
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Can violins change notes in the middle of a double stop?

I am arranging Mozart's Piano Sonata for a string trio, because, when I listen to it, I hear 3 voices, with the bass voice in the Alberti bass being the first note and the lower melodic voice as being ...
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Should I let my violin bridge tilt forwards?

I just got myself a violin, being a beginner who has never played any bowed instruments before and intending to teach myself how to play. I came across an instruction video that stated that the bridge ...
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Letter “A” above staff in violin pieces [duplicate]

This goes along with my last question involving nel cor piu non mi sento by paganini, however this is a picture of what I was literally looking at. Thanks to you guys, I learned what small letter "A"s ...
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Why does my bow bounce on lower half?

Picking up the violin after a few decades I am unable to keep my bow from "bouncing" or shuddering while bowing steadily on its lower half. Here is a video of me illustrating a full stroke with three ...
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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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Scratches on the Violin

I got my violin from a local music store a year ago, and now I'm noticing scratches on my violin. There are some scratches that are pretty deep. I don't know what caused that to happen. (The wood my ...
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How to play half steps above 7th position on violin?

It seems like no matter how closely I place one finger next to another a half step always comes out sharp - and I don't have fat fingers. I can never seem to play in tune in high positions because of ...
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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 fingerboard slightly. I tune it a ...
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Drawbacks to using fine tuners on all violin strings?

I almost never see violins with a fine-tuner on any but the E string. Is there any drawback to placing and using fine tuners on lower strings? (Other than the need to use strings with loop ends.)
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Why was no first prize awarded at a competition?

No first prize was awarded at the Sendai International Violin Competition this year. Unfortunately the article gives no explanation for this, stating only that: No first prize was awarded at this ...
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Markings and symbols in Paganini violin compositions

In a lot of Paganini's violin compositions, there are bolded but sometimes not bolded capital letters like A, B, and C. I look at the note that it is above and it doesn't click for me. In Nel cor piu ...
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Are fingertips supposed to hurt and get calluses from playing the violin ?

Whenever I play the violin a lot my fingertips start to hurt to a point at which it is painful to keep playing and this is just from around 3 to 4 hour a day practice which I don't consider to be ...
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How can I develop highly accurate intonation/tuning without perfect pitch? [duplicate]

I've been reading a bunch of things violinists write and a good portion of them seem to contradict themselves. At this point I'm starting to get really frustrated, so I could really, really use some ...
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Is a ball-end the default end for a violin string?

When buying violin strings I am often confused about what end the string has. For the E string it usually says ball-end or loop end, but often the other strings do not mention the end explicitely. Can ...
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How can I improve my violin intonation for enharmonic notes?

I know that while, for many instruments, enharmonic notes are a single pitch and their differences are more of an interpretation, helping music to remain consistent (it would make more sense for a ...
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Why does violin sound differently after playing on it for some time?

I have heard from some of my friends that when you have "fresh" violin, they sound different(presumably, worse) than after playing on it for some time(e.g. half a year). Is this statement true? If so, ...
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How do I teach a five-year-old violin?

I just got a request from a mom who would like me to start teaching her five-year-old violin, and I really need some help. I've been teaching piano and violin for three years now, but I've never ...
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Is it possible to learn to play the violin for a year and be able to play in an amateur orchestra afterwards? [closed]

A little bit of background: when I was younger (around middle school) I played the piano for approximately 4 years. We're talking about around 10 years ago. I used to take regular lessons and also ...
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Do you play the upbeat when beginning to play a series of notes, and then after?

Do you play an upbeat like this when beginning the song, and then also at the end?
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Finding first position fingering is awkward

I'm learning first position fingering on the violin, and I find it very awkward to get my fingers on the A string and beyond to the G string. I make sure to have the violin positioned correctly and ...
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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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Locked Wrist (Left Hand) + Vibrato (VIOLIN) [closed]

My private teacher is now teaching me vibrato, and she sent me home with a little exercise to do. SHe gave me one of those egg maracas, and she wanted me to hold it in my left hand and shift my hand ...