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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Hanon-like violin finger strength exercises

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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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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Songs to improvise to for Violin [on hold]

A favourite past time of my violinist/composer flatmate and mine is to play various records, to which he will improvise over. He really digs all music and it is very special to watch him do it to all ...
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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 ...
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How to keep violin bow positioned properly on the string?

A technical issue I quite often encounter now is that I find it difficult to keep my bow between the sound post and the fingerboard and I often end up, especially when trying to figure out my left ...
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How to strengthen and make better use of a weak pinky finger on the violin?

I've always had a weak pinky finger, which has bothered me quite often. Actually, it is too long to fit comfortably and properly on several occasions. However, I treated each case specifically with ...
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What can I do before buying and learning violin?

I'm going to buy and learn violin in next several months. I want to ask what I can do now, such as ear training or anything to improve my "sense" on music. I usually listen to baroque music and Suzuki'...
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What do three bars across the stem of a note mean?

I am wondering how are to be understood the following notes and how to play them on the violin. There is no indication of tremolo on the score. Nevertheless, should I understand this as tremolo on ...
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Why does conventional playing style give the string manipulation to the left hand?

For the majority of players, the right hand is used for most tasks that require exacting manipulation: writing, throwing, etc. However, guitar, violin, lute, etc., use the right hand for plucking ...
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Alternate violin strings for gypsy music?

I will be playing traditional/gypsy music on my classical violin, and would like to have a sound that is stylistically appropriate (deep/rich/warm/old/woody as opposed to brilliant/sweet/ringy). Can ...
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Violin constantly going out of tune

I bought a new violin about a month ago, and its always going out of tune. On average, it goes out of tune in about 2 days. Is this normal? Is there a good method to keep my violin tuned for long ...
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Violin - Notation for writing sliding fingers? [duplicate]

On the violin, you slide your fingers forward on a string (the D string as an example), and make a noise that sound something like this. What would be sheet music notation for writing that?
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Violin - Best way to treat rosin build up on the strings?

Recently, my violin's sound wasn't coming very well. I searched it on Google, and found out it was because of rosin build up on my strings, a common case. What is the best way to treat rosin build up ...
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How do you play vibrato on the Violin?

I've been wondering how to play vibrato on my violin and I've tried. Every time I try, my whole violin shakes and I don't get that crisp bow sound.
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Violin - How would you play vibrato on an open string?

I was learning vibrato on the violin, and came across this video. In this video, it tells you that vibrato is just a fast slur. Using that method, how would you play vibrato on an open string?
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Violin pizzicato with other fingers

Usually, chords on the violin played using pizzicato are done using the index finger. In this recording by Perlman of the Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto, however, he is shown to play the three ...
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Violin - Slurring double stops [closed]

I was reading some violin sheet music when I came across something that looked like a slurred double stop. Here is an image: How would you play this slurred double stop on the violin?
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Violin - Playing a slurred staccato [duplicate]

I was reading some violin sheet music when in on measure you had to play something that looked like a slurred staccato. How would you play a slurred staccato on the violin? Here is how the sheet music ...
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Violin - Sheet music notation for playing the same note at the same time

On the violin you can play a double stop where you are playing 4th finger on the D string (A note) while playing the open A string. This means that you are playing the A note on both strings. How ...
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What is the best way to play with dynamics on the violin?

I've just started playing the violin, and have come to dynamics (forte, piano, etc.). To play forte, I push the bow hard, and for piano, I push the bow lightly. Is this the right method? Are there any ...
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Violin - Can double stops be played when the strings are not next to each other?

Suppose I wanted to play a double stop on the violin. The double stop played the G string and the A string simultaneously. Is this possible? Can you play a double stop on two non-adjacent strings?
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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 ...