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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fingering for violin

When reading music how am I supposed to know which fingering to use? Let me clarify. I can read the notes. However, when there is an A how do I know if I play an open A or the fourth finger on the D ...
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When to start learning double stops on violin?

I am an adult beginner on the violin and would just like to say I've absolutely loved it so far. I started at the very beginning of this year and found a teacher who I'm extremely happy with. Around ...
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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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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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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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Clean and polish an old violin

My violin is an old(ish) violin, an early 1900s copy of an 1818 German one. On Sunday as my wife and I were watching TV a loud noise came from my violin and I rushed over to find the tailpiece had ...
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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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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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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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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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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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How many lessons are necessary to pick up the basics of violin with sufficient practice?

I'd really like to learn the violin, however I'll just be able to muster up enough money to buy a cheap violin and a few lessons. How many lessons do you think I would need in order to avoid ...
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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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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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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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Violin - How to keep fingers from touching other string when playing double stops

I am new to double stops. When I play a double stop where a finger is on a string while playing an open string (1st finger on the D string and open A string), my finger touches the open string, in ...
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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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Wrist vibrato / releasing index finger from the violin neck

I am teaching myself the vibrato technique on violin and I have some doubts about it. Hopefully some one can shed some light here. If I understand correctly, it may be obvious because no one writes ...
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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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Violin - Slurring double stops

I was reading some violin sheet music when I came across something that looked like a slurred double stop. Here is an image: The problem is that both double stops use the same fingers, but on ...
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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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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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What is the proper way to notate the end of a section played "sul ponticello"?

That is, what is the standard way to tell a string player to play normally again?
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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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The manufacturing date of a violin

I'm buying this violin from a violin player. I inspected the label inside it and I found Suzuki Anno 1981. Here is a picture of it: Which means that it is 34+ year old. I'm a guitarist but I don't ...
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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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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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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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What is the proper name of the dash symbol over a note and how to play it

Sample score with this symbol: Can anyone specify the name of the particular symbol above the crotchet in the top image and everything marked in red in the sample piece of music? According to ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Should I learn the violin first before I learn the cello?

I love the cello and would love to someday be able to play Bach's cello suites. It has such a warm sound. But 1 thing deters me from going straight into learning the cello, the price of it. I looked ...
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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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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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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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Dvorak's Humoresque No7 in G♭ Major - is the key signature part of the joke?

This week's assignment from my violin teacher is Dvorak's Humoresque No7. As I'm a "good beginner" (started playing 17 months ago) he gave me the easier G transposition rather than the ...
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Can a tuner help to tune my violin in perfect fifths?

I have always used a tuner to tune my violin, but have noticed that the strings are not in perfect fifths (I'm a complete beginner, and I understand perfect fifths to mean that if I play E using my ...
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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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