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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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 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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Stentor violin buzzes on the B note

I've got a Stentor Conservatoire violin a couple of days ago and although it sounds really nice when I try to play the B note on the A string the violin "buzzes" somehow and produces a very different ...
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Optimal storage conditions for a violin

What are the optimal conditions to store my violin in? A person in my orchestra recently suffered damage to her violin due to the strings tightening and breaking the bridge and I want to ensure I can ...
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On alternative training in case you can not practice a violin for a long time

On alternative training in case you can not practice a violin for a long time? I have been playing the violin for about 25 years. I am doing it as a hobby, but I play it at least once every two days ...
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Cork in the base of a violin's chin rest

Recently, all the cork that was between the base of my violin's chin rest and the instrument's body has been rubbed off and, as a result, the chin rest is "flowing around" the lower left part of the ...
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As a soloist, should I face the audience or the conductor during long tutti sections?

I am playing a violin concerto with an orchestra and a fairly large audience in a few weeks. So my question is, in the long Tutti parts where I don't play, should I face towards the audience, and what ...
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Fraying violin A -string

My violin's A-string is fraying (unravelling a bit) near the bridge. Right now, my playing is a little squeaky there but nothing very noticeable. Will this get worse or is it fine to leave the string ...
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Are there any good playable violin tabulatures for Paganini caprices, Bach and Vivaldi music?

Are there any violin tabulatures for Paganini caprices, Bach and Vivaldi music? Or that is stupid to write tabs for a fretless instrument?
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Where do you put your middle finger when you play D note on A string, on a violin string

For example, when your ring finger is on D note on A string, where should I put my middle finger? c, c# or somewhere in the middle? Are there even requirements for those?
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Caring for violin while leaving it unused for a long period

I'll be away from home for about six months, leaving my violin (it's a 1910 Eduard Reichert, if that makes any difference) behind. I loosened the strings to a very slack state, and as a result the ...
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Are there any violin exercises for advanced playing like Hanon and Brhams for piano?

Are there any violin exercises for advanced playing like Hanon and Brhams studies for piano? In other words, what to play except the music itself to develop a better technique in the shortest time ...
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Is the Violin a difficult instrument to play for a beginner?

I am sorry if this question is too opinionated. I have thought about it and feel that an answer could provide terms and concepts that could enable people wanting to learn the violin, to go into it on ...
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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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Is pizzicato on a violin family instrument louder than finger picking an acostic guitar?

It seems that way, since those instruments are played in large concert halls that a guitar would probably need an amplifier for. And if it's true, what is the reason?
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Is it time to replace my violin bow?

I am an advanced (post grade-8) violin student and I have had my bow for about 3 years. I've been playing intense pieces and although I have lost some hair, the density of the bow is still really good....
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String Instrument Bowings

In this picture I have provided: Does the one down bow mean all the notes are down bows? Or, all the notes are down up down up...bows starting on down?
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How to add rest above a note in Lilypond

I'm trying to typeset the following snippet. My first idea was to add two voices here but then I would not be able to make a slur between them. Is it possible without using manual placement of notes?
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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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How are skip beats decided in Red River fiddling?

As I understand in Red River fiddling, the distinguishing feature of that style (as well as the more obscure James Bay and Athapaskan fiddling styles) is the skip beat. That means a whole beat is ...
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Should I learn guitar, or violin? [closed]

My dilemma is I don't know whether I should learn violin or guitar. I learned violin when I was a child for about 3 years then somehow quit and forgot everything. A year ago I started learning the ...
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What do the numbers below the notes mean in violin music?

I know that the numbers above the notes are the fingerings, but what are the numbers below the notes? Also what do the brackets mean?
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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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Vibrato on violin(with double jointed fingers!)

I'm a violin player for about 10 years. Since I was a kid all my fingers are double jointed (hypermobility) and makes it hard to play violin :) Now I'm trying to learn arm and hand vibrato and wanted ...
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What is the violin technique in this video called?

At the very beginning that weird slide technique, what is it called? Is it a glissando. I want to call it a slide but I'm not sure. The soloist does it near the end as well. It seems to be trying to ...
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What is the standard way to keep the humidity level within the violin case high?

Is the lack of humidity the reason why a Carbon Fiber bow might get less stretched?
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violin other string vibrates loudly when playing another string

When I play an A3 on my violin, the A5 string vibrates very loudly, to the point of the A5 string vibrating long after the A3 stops. I can even see the A5 open string vibrate. There is no problem for ...
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What are the major differences between Medium and Light gauge strings on a Violin?

Are Medium gauge strings easier on the fingers?
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Do left handed violinists play in orchestras?

I don't think I've ever seen any orchestra that uses left handed violinists (or viola/cello/bass players). My guess is that they would clash with the rest of the violinists, and they would seem out of ...
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Viola string broke [closed]

Ok so today my viola string broke but I don't have any spares or anything, tomorrow I have to hand it in. What do I do? 😫
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How to keep my scroll out of my stand partner's face

I'm playing on the outside of my desk, and my scroll is constantly in my stand partner's face. To have my violin off to the side seems kind of necessary for me to keep good posture, but this clearly ...
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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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How to achieve the “Flexible Wrist” that is necessary for smooth long bows?

My teacher has been on my case about my bow hold, and frankly, I have to agree with her. Below, Perlman explains his own bow hold. What I find interesting and elusive is how he keeps his wrist ...
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What can a musician determine from the below examinations about the student, and how?

In my university's musics and fine arts department, all the instrument courses have some sort of interview for the students from the other departments.For example, for violin courses, they played 4 ...
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Usual Violin Maintenance?

What kind of maintenance should be performed daily, weekly, and monthly? Furthermore, what products would be best for things such as cleaning?
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Should I raise previous fingers off of my violin's fingerboard?

My instructor tells me that I must keep all my previous fingers dropped, for example, if I am to play a D on the A string in 1st position, I must not only drop my 3rd finger, but also my 1st and 2nd. ...
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Violo Bridge Adjustments

Is there any standard width height or breadth for violin bridges. I think I over sanded my bridge but it was pretty cheap it came with a 200 dollar violin. Can I sand the bridge myself carefully? Can ...
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Bach Double Variation from Partita 1 for Solo Violin

Has any credible musicologist explained that the double variations in Bach's Partita 1 for solo violin are a variation on the entire harmonic progression from the last movement and not just the bass ...
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Bowing exercises confusion

Either it was lost in translation or it is unclear(if mine, explain what I'm missing that makes it so obvious so I can learn from my mistake). I will explain the error, or possible ambiguities, in ...
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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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Will missing flexor digitorum superficialis keep me from playing the violin well?

I have flexor digitorum superficialis in my right hand but it is abscent in the left hand, meaning that my ring finger and my pinky finger on my left hand aren't independent. Since my right hand has ...
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Placing the thumb in the spider exercise for bow

I just started playing the violin a few days ago. I looked at a few videos here an there before and after my first violin lesson, and of course, the spider exercises came up a few times (including ...
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basic violin note question

I am beginner to learn violin and I need to understand the basic note. Below's two lines of notes from suzuki violin book1 I'd like to understand: Am I right that 3 # means A major? What is the C ...
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Is it possible to play pieces for cello on electric violin?

I want to learn to play violin and then switch to electric violin. I'm concerned if I technically can play pieces for cello or other 4-string instruments using electric violin as a sound signal ...
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Tuning My Violin High

Usually violinists tune it to G3-D4-A4-E5. I play on a Gba violin, very basic. Can I tune it to D4-G4-D5-G5? I know it sounds crazy but I play Carnatic violin and this is how all instruments are tuned....
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Help with (what it looks like) vibrato

I used to see a lot of videos about how to do the vibrato, not because I wanted to develop it by myself, I trust in my teacher and she told me that I wasn't ready. I only did it because I wanted to ...
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Is clip-on tuner suitable for stage in orchestra?

I googled and saw videos in youtube about tuning in classical orchestra during their live performance. I was wonder if somebody tell me that using clip-on tuner for instruments (like violin) in ...
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Why does my violin sound… strange?

Ok, when I pass the bow in one of the strings if I focus myself I can hear a strange sound (like the sound when you pass the nails in a green blackboard). At the beginning, I thought that it was ...
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Another question regarding sheet music - piano vs violin or other string instrument

Trying to play this on the violin http://library.timelesstruths.org/music/What_a_Friend_We_Have_in_Jesus/score/ Is this sheet music arranged primarily for a piano? Someone commented to me that to ...
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Rebend Violin bow

According to this answer, one can 'reheat and rebend' a violin bow. I have an old bow (poor-quality, it is weighted badly and needs rehairing) that is very slack and I'm guessing needs rebending. I ...