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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Generally, which instrument make more volume between piano and violin [closed]

Generally, if we play at the same way, the same music, with the same nuances, which instrument make more volume between the piano or the violin ?
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Scratchy Violin Problem

I had bought my violin last year. It is a used one, and one of the most consistent problems I am facing is the scratchy tones of the violin. I have a different one I use in my lessons, but the violin ...
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Open E String is in Tune but fingered pitches are sharp

My last e string broke so I got a new one. My e string is in tune when I play it together with the open A (i.e. the violin is in tune), but the higher fingered pitches are all sharp. I know this is ...
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How is pitch controlled when executing a left-hand pizzicato on a violin?

My understanding of how a violin works is: the left hand controls the pitch by pressing down on a certain position on the string. This changes the length of the vibrating section and therefore pitch. ...
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Can left-hand pizzicato be balanced between open and stopped strings?

When I attempt left-hand pizzicato on an open string I get a resonance that is so loud compared to muted sound I can get with left-hand pizz on a stopped string that if played in the same passage the ...
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Loose piece of wood inside violin

I have this problem with my violin. Whenever i take it out to play, I hear something rolling around in it. It's not anything that's NOT supposed to be in it (e.g a penny). It's more of a slim wooden ...
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(Indian Classical) Violin note-spacing vs. Guitar note spaces

I play the Indian classical violin. In that, when you have a song in A, for instance, you would tune the first (lowest) and third strings to A, an octave apart, and the second and fourth to the ...
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Why do string players tend to breathe heavily in performance?

Recently, I've started to develop an interest in classical music, specifically chamber music and, more specifically, piano trios. Having listened to a few performances now, I can't help but notice ...
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How would this chart continue going down all the way to the end of the finger board and continue to relate into the staff?

How would this chart continue all the way down the finger board? I cannot figure out how to discern notes that would look identical from each other on the staff. https://www.dropbox.com/s/jnn2.....n....
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Need help with fingering positions of violin [closed]

I am learning the violin. I am currently going through being able to identify notes in sheet music. How to learn where the fingering positions are for every half-step? For the G and the E string I ...
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Is it a coincidence that the length of the body of a violin is pretty exactly one fifth of the wave length of its lowest note?

The standard body size of a violin is 35 centimeter in length. Its lowest note is G3, which has a wave length of 175 centimeter, five times 35. 35 cm is the wave length of B5, which is a major third ...
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Why do violin bridges support the lower strings at a greater height from the fingerboard?

It appears that violin bridges are typically designed asymmetrically to support the lower strings at a greater height from the fingerboard, as shown in this photo: At the end of the fingerboard the G ...
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How was violin practiced before electronics, say, in the 1800s?

One might say with an instructor, but how about when not in the presence of their instructor? How did beginning students practice hitting the right notes? For example, there were no electronic ...
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What do three layers of slurs mean for violin?

Here's a four-measure excerpt from an arrangement for violin (by Maxim Jacobsen). There are points in the score – two indicated in red here – where there are three slurs in effect simultaneously. ...
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Retuning violin numerous times daily

I am very new to violin, like newborn baby new. My eldest son just bought me my first violin and I am having serious tuning issues. Firstly, the violin is a SV-75 Cremona premiere Novice 4/4. Secondly,...
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Triple stops in Bruch's violin concerto

I've been finding it hard to find a good fingering that lets me play this sequence in Bruch's violin concerto. Moreover, I'm finding it hard to actually hit all three strings simultaeneously on a ...
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Arrow over notes

In this music for the violin, the strange sign on top of both E-flat on measure 74 confused me, as I have no idea what it is, and it is not exclusive to just E-flats, as it is also present in an F and ...
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What does a violin mute do?

Recently, I bought a brand new violin. As I was looking at the parts that came with it, I saw a part called a violin mute. What does that violin mute do?
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Are there any beginner violin method books with an emphasis on classical music? [closed]

I started violin a week ago and I'm using Essential Elements 1 for violin. Skimming through the book, I see a lot of short random songs. Ultimately, I would like to play standard violin repertoire ...
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Should fingerboard tapes be used for beginner violinists ?

Some teachers use them and some don't. I've heard that they can become a crutch and cause delayed ear training development, but others say they are necessary at the beginning. Can they really cause ...
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Mastering carnatic gamakas (slides, deflections)

I started learning Indian classical violin a couple of years ago. There is a lot of rigor in getting things right with my instructor, and sometimes I feel I'm plateaued and not making progress. ...
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Negative notes in sheet music

I am new in playing a violin, and in the recent sheet music that I got, there was a number over the music. Normally these are figuring charts, but the numbers were negative, that is, there was a minus ...
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Is Violin Outfit safe in a Airplane Cargo

I want to ship a violin from UK to Bangladesh via airplane as a cargo . Is it harmful for violin?
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Playing Violin fingering

I am playing violin with open strings but can not do with fingering, while doing fingering I am not placing fingers in right positions, how do I place fingers in right positions? Is there any measures ...
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Inferring Position Number, String, and Shifts From Sparse Fingering Notation

I'm attempting to (re)learn some violin music using the composer's desired fingering. However, my background is not in violin but in fiddle, where fingerings and positions/shifts are rarely written (...
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Playing sweetly vs gently in violin

I am learning violin as a beginner (2.5 months), and one of the early practice pieces contain dolce and piano. The latter is more like playing quietly and gently, so it makes some intuitive sense and ...
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Violin String snapped, and so did spare. Will I damage my violin if I leave it with 3 strings?

So, my A string snapped last Saturday and as a result I re-strung it with one of my spare strings. I should note that at this point, after tuning it, the sound was coming out a little strange (or ...
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Meaning of notation in violin part

I've been working on transcribing a score for my own edification, and I've come across a piece of notation in one of the violin parts that I'm not familiar with: In the third measure shown, the A has ...
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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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Learning Violin Online

I have a violin at home and I would really like to learn. The only problem is, I cannot find a teacher in my area (India) and so I thought I could, maybe, learn just the basics online. I completely ...
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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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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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