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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Can violin be learned through online lesson for a person with piano knowledge?

I am a grade 2 piano player. I am interested in learning to play the violin, but I’m afraid that I might learn my basics wrong. Is it possible to learn violin online with a mediocre violin?
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Is it a bad idea to learn both violin and viola?

I have just started to learn violin. But I was thinking of buying a viola too. Mainly because the intonation is a bit easier on the viola due to longer scale length. But I wonder how hard they are to ...
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Wittner Isny shoulder rest compatible with Kreddle chin rest?

Does anyone have both? Can they be used together?
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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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What's more important: Straight bow, or flexible grip?

I've been formulating my bowing philosophy. Itzhak Perlman has a phenomenal bow hold--his grip is very flexible, and it makes his playing look very natural. His index and pinky fingers occasionally ...
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Violin peg is stuck, won't move at all

My problem isn't that the pegs are slipping or loose, but that they're stuck. I am afraid I'll break it if I pull too hard. Please help.
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Which way do I put the violin blanket?

I was wondering which way do I put the violin blanket in a violin case because there are two sides, one that is soft and one that is hard(ish) made out of plastic (or whatever material it is). I want ...
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Understanding violin interpretation - guides

Along the lines of "Keyboard Interpretation From the 14th to the 19th Century: An Introduction" by Howard Ferguson, is there a similar work or works catering to the needs of violinists? Edit:...
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What range of violin bow hair tension is generally accepted?

I am trying to learn violin using online resources only. After about 80 hours of practice I destroyed a bow eyelet. My guess is that I applied too much tension on bow hair and/or bow quality was low. ...
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My violin string snapped (E) is there a problem? It’s new

I was tuning with a tuner and the E string was D# so I turned it and then it snapped. Did i tune bad or is there a problem? Please help I’m worried because it was a new violin :(
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I am struggling with fingerboard muscle memory on the violin. Are there exercises, besides scales, that can help me?

I'm an adult learning violin for 5 months now. No tape or any markings on the fingerboard. I can't seem to gain muscle memory when it comes to placing fingers. I have an idea of where they should go,...
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I can't work out if these string sections are tied, slurred or phrased

Take a look at the below screengrab from the orchestra score of Sweeney Todd. Are bars 1 and 3 (with the exception of the Bass) tied or slurred? In bar 2 the pitch does drop but in 1 and 3 it's the ...
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Violin or piano – which instrument makes more sense to start during Coronavirus lockdown?

During this quarantine, I really want to take this chance to learn playing instrument but I dont know which one should I choose? Piano or Violin? And I do have a reason why I want to learn playing ...
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When to vibrato on the violin

Recently, I started practicing and learning music theory and found out that there's "Vibr" written in the sheet when the piece--or any aspect of it-- needs to be played with vibrato but then I looked ...
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Why tilt a violin bow inward? (I.e., stick towards bridge, not towards scroll)

In this recording of Jascha Heifetz he frequently tilts the bow inwards (by which I mean towards the bridge instead of "outwards" towards the scroll). Here's a frame showing it: I have never seen ...
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Problem with violin finger placement changes with each string?

I have a violin student who recently purchased a violin from a music shop. It's not a professional grade violin, but it is still a nice student model. My student's intonation seemed to get worse after ...
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Unable to tune my violin [closed]

Why am I unable to tune my violin correctly? I cannot tune my A string to A4. It's in a state that if I go beyond G4, it will break. I'm new to violin.
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Does it make sense to play folk music by yourself on the violin?

I played the violin as a child, and now I'm trying to pick it up again. However, most of the music and notes I have are for classical music, which is what I played back then. So for instance I have ...
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Is it too hard to change Violin Bow Grip style later?

I am an eager learner of the violin for a few days and a fan of classical music for a long time. It's not possible for me to hire a tutor to give me lessons. I'm trying to learn online. Currently, I ...
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Kabalevski Op. 48 (Violin) - What is this called and how do you play it? [duplicate]

First of all, I'm sorry for the unspecific title, but since I don't know what it is called, I cannot specify. I'm regarding the last bar before they key switches from Eb Major (2 b) to C Major (no ...
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Musical Instrument To Learn? [closed]

I want to learn a musical instrument, I want something portable that I can play solo. I love to entertain souls everywhere I go🥰 Which can you recommend please?
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Why is a violin so loud compared to a guitar?

The violin is comparatively louder than a guitar. This is a surprising fact, given that: the violin instrument is generally smaller than, say, a typical classical or folk guitar, both use strings. ...
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Beginner with claw hand

What would be the best instrument for me to play with my right hand having claw hand/MS? I have no experience but I’m interested in the guitar
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Violin-Piano Self Duet - which part do you record first?

During the lockdown many professional musicians are recording and posting videos of them playing. Some of them, ingeniously, record self-duets. One such example is "Augustin Hadelich plays both parts ...
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Bow markings in advanced solo string music

I understand that bow markings are important in orchestral music, one reason being to keep players in sync visually. Back when I played viola, my (very basic — grade 4 or 5) music was littered ...
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What is the preferred order of practicing Bach Sonatas and Partitas for solo violin? [closed]

As a violinist, it's always been hard for me to come up with an order of practicing Bach Sonatas and Partitas (BWV 1001-1006). I also know that it's not all about playing, and expression is the key ...
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Accompanist qualities?

I was just wondering if there are certain qualities that makes a good piano accompanist for violin musicians? Can two musicians who just met be able to deliver a good music or do they need to ...
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How do dirty violin strings (uncleaned rosin) affect sound and playability?

If I don't clean the rosin off my strings from time to time how will that affect the sound the strings make as the rosin builds up? How will it affect the playability, the way the bow moves over and ...
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Steps to learn playing violin without a teacher

I have the internet as my resource youtube, blogs, etc, but in all these resources they seem too quick to get to actually playing the violin. l know l should get a tutor for this but am currently not ...
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Violin wheezing sound

So recently I've started playing the violin, but so far I'm not successful at all. Every time I try to get a sound out of it, all I hear is a high wheezing sound, like someone is trying to catch its ...
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Does playing double stops wear violin strings more quickly?

Does playing strokes which apply more force to the strings, like double stops, spiccato and sautille, wear out the strings more quickly?
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Violin string G not playing smoothly

Whenever I play my violin (beginner) I always find that the G string doesn’t play well and is very choppy and dull while the other strings are fine. I have tuned it multiple times to try and get it to ...
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What's the best fingering for this passage? Single large shift or several small

as part of my efforts to learn to play faster passages, I wrote the one posted below. However, I am having a lot of trouble figuring out the best way to finger it. If I do a single, large shift I ...
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Sonatas for piano and violin?

I'd just like to ask if there's a difference between a sonata (or any duet for that matter) for piano and violin vs sonata for violin and piano? I was watching a performance online and saw comments ...
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Why do I hear tritone overtones when I play my G string very softly?

When I play the G string on my violin exceptionally softly, among the sympathetic overtones I hear is a diminished fifth. Why is this? Is this specific to my particular instrument? Out of curiosity,...
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How to do a Wrist Vibrato

I am a beginner violinist, and I want to learn to do a vibrato. I know up to 5th position, my intonation is pretty good and I have no problem shifting back and forth, in that contrary, I enjoy ...
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Anti-slip foam material used for shoulder-rest?

What's the name of the very anti-slip foam felt used in popular violin shoulder rests such as Everest, Bonmusica etc? I have a high neck and I want to cut out another layer of that foam to adhere to ...
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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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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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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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(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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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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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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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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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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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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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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