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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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violin out of a plastic bucket that would do the job here too. I would say to go ahead and glue your parts together. With one string, no need for corner blocks or soundpost. The only thing you have to …
answered Nov 10 '18 by Scott Wallace
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In addition to the other answers, I would suggest trying to bypass all notation and simply try to duplicate what you hear by ear. You could start with some fiddle tune on youtube: see if you can find …
answered Mar 13 '17 by Scott Wallace
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In addition to the previous answers, I would say that no matter how correctly the violin is set up, wound strings will eventually fray and break, usually at the bridge or nut. No string lives forever. …
answered Jan 30 '18 by Scott Wallace
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actually, unless the tailpiece or a fine tuner is touching the belly of the violin, it's not a problem. Check out your clearance: it should be at least a couple of millimeters or you're likely to put …
answered Jun 28 '16 by Scott Wallace
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Rosin can be easily and safely cleaned from strings with isopropyl (rubbing) alcohol. Put a bit on a rag and wipe the strings with it. Be very careful not to drip any alcohol on the instrument, thou …
answered Apr 5 by Scott Wallace
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You're right, you can't play three notes at once on the violin with a normal bow and pressure. What's almost certainly meant here is an arpeggio, playing the three notes quickly one after the other … . This is often notated sloppily as a chord which is not really possible to play- even Bach did this in his violin sonatas, leaving generations of violinists arguing about how exactly to perform them. …
answered Jun 10 '16 by Scott Wallace
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Standard dimensions of violin bridges: the strings should be about 12 mm apart at the bridge, and the height of the bridge should be such that the G string is about 5.5 mm above the end of the … fingerboard, the E string about 3.5 mm, the others in between, such that the curve makes it possible to bow all strings separately easily. This is subject to variation, depending on the violin and musical …
answered Sep 1 '17 by Scott Wallace
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As a bowmaker, I would like to temper these answers a bit. Yes, if you leave a bow under tension too long, it will lose its camber (bend) faster. So that's true: one should get in the habit of loose …
answered May 25 '17 by Scott Wallace
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Yes and no. Yes, you can imitate the erhu style of playing on the violin: lots of glissandi, lots of vibrato on certain notes, very quick appoggiaturas, pentatonic melodies, and so forth. What you … can't so easily imitate is the tone color: since the erhu has a snakeskin belly and silk strings (at least traditionally), it sounds different from a violin. …
answered May 16 '17 by Scott Wallace
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You've answered your question yourself: what you call the "standard method" really is the standard method, unless indicated (or desired) otherwise. But yes, all the other bowings you picture do exist …
answered Aug 24 '17 by Scott Wallace
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There are different sizes of pegs for violas, but they are not really standardized. And a thick violin peg will fit some viola, but the head is likely to be a bit smaller. …
answered Oct 28 '16 by Scott Wallace
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Just to be pedantic, you could pretty easily bow the open G and A strings together by holding the D string depressed just above the bridge.
answered Mar 16 by Scott Wallace
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I just realized there is a way (and it works quite well, I tried it) to play double stops on the G and A strings, while still being able to finger them normally: unscrew the the bow completely, pass t …
answered Mar 18 by Scott Wallace