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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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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Electric violin amplification problem

I have a (cheap) electric violin I use for practice. The violin requires a 9V battery to be amplified. After a couple of times I forgot the violin on (and hence I consumed the battery in like one ...
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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 ...
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What is the term for out of key playing with a singular monophonic instrument?

Lets say im playing a violin piece that's primarily in C major/G mixo-Lydian but i start to use notes outside of the scale without any chord accompaniment , technically those notes wouldn't be ...
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Should I loosen the tension on the bow for a break?

According to Violin for Dummies, we should loosen the horsehair before put violin back in the case. However, I always give myself about an hour break after I play violin for 1 to 2 hours. Should I ...
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Are violins waterproof?

I spilt my coffee accidentally and it entered my violin through the f-hole. Will my violin's sound change? What should I do? My violin is a beginner violin.
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Can a violin imitate the sound of an Erhu?

I don't know if this is "impossible" due to the different construction of the two instruments, but do you know if the violin can imitate the sound of the Chinese erhu? Here is a YouTube video for ...
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Playing perfect fifth in violin

One needs to press two strings together with the same finger. I always got problem on this. Don't know if that's because my hand is kind of smaller and my fingers thinner than normal people. I always ...
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Tempi and Metronome

i was trying to find a web page giving some indications on the correspondence between tempi in music and the metronome value. I am playing on violin in a small orchestra and we are working on the work ...
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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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Alternatives to the «Suzuki Violin School» series?

What are some alternatives to the 10-vol. Suzuki Violin School series suited for self-taught adult beginners with a solid musical background?
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Difference between violin and piano sheet music regarding notes on treble clef

So I am trying to pick up my violin again after years of neglect and learning to read sheet music. Look at examples of the the same music, one for piano and one for violin, the notes even on the ...
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What should I know about leading the American national anthem with the violin?

Tonight I am "leading" the USA national anthem -- The Star Spangled Banner -- with my violin. There will be a single singer who will, for all intents and purposes, actually lead, but I will accompany. ...
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What is the difference between lower G note and upper G note?

I'm teaching myself the violin, having to learn music theory. I don't understand the difference between the G note (which is two spaces below the bottom space) and the upper G (the second string from ...
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Arco sulla tastiera

Does anybody know what the expression arco sulla tastiera above a group of 3 notes on a score for violin voice mean and how you will play them on the violin ? Concerning the notes, all of them have on ...
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Same number above notes in violin sheet

I know that single numbers above notes on a score usually mean fingering. But in the case i am talking about (violin), there is a sequence of different single notes with the number 3 above each note. ...
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Fingering Positions and Crossing the Strings

I am not that experienced with the 5th, 6th or 7th position. On the score I am playing from, there are passages which are usually played, say on the 1st, second or 3rd position and then suddenly there ...
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How to analyze a new music piece?

I've been learning to play the violin for 4 years. I always struggle with reading new music piece, it takes me quite a while to fully understand it, by that I mean to actually know the rhythm and ...