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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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How long does it take to learn to play the violin to an intermediate level?

Each person's journey in learning an instrument is unique, so there is no standard answer to your question of how long it takes to learn intermediate level violin. … That said, if you think your fingers are too big for the violin, have you considered playing the viola? …
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Fraying violin A -string

You can get strings that come with a tiny moveable hollow tube that sits on the bridge and allows the string to move as it needs through it, thus helping prevent fraying. I would recommend changing y …
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Can't tune violin with GDAE

Your first example is correct. It might feel as though the strings are too tight but that's the way they are supposed to be. It is customary firstly to tune your A string (A above middle C). Then t …
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How do you play this section from “La Campanella”?

Because it's high(ish), it can be stretched in an extended 3rd position. I could manage it and I don't have big hands. The only thing I would question is the 2 on the C. Since you already have 2 on …
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Violin vibrato without shoulder rest

If wrist vibrato isn't working, then how about trying finger vibrato? In the long run, this might work better. It would probably be more subtle than wrist vibrato, but that's not necessarily a bad t …
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What's the best fingering for this passage? Single large shift or several small

The first fingering looks pretty good to me. The second one looks a bit awkward towards the end of the passage (between the G and A). You could also try this: using the second fingering, at the A, u …
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Is it too hard to change Violin Bow Grip style later?

The longer you use one way, the harder it will be to change it later, but it can be done. You will probably find it tricky to change a learned habit, but if you are determined, then you will manage i …
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How do dirty violin strings (uncleaned rosin) affect sound and playability?

If you don't wipe the rosin off after each time you play, it will build up and eventually get a bit sticky so that the bow won't guide so smoothly. Dirty strings will also sound less open and fresh. …
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Violin-Piano Self Duet - which part do you record first?

I would go for the piano part first. It's the backbone of the piece and plays throughout. Even though there is a fair amount of rubato, he cleverly synchronises the two parts. He would have recorde …
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Stentor violin buzzes on the B note

In that area of a violin it is common to have what is called a wolf note. You might be able to lessen it by moving the sound post. …
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How to transcribe an arpeggiated 4-note chord to be playable on a violin?

Your arpeggiated chord is perfectly fine. All four notes can be played in 2nd position on the A and E strings only (not as a quadruple stop). It could also be played in 3rd position on the D, A and …
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In violin, how do you know if you should play staccato or spiccato?

It's to do with context and speed. To bounce the bow the notes need to be fast enough for this, otherwise it becomes impractical. For example, if you were playing semiquavers in a slow speed, or qua …
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How to strengthen and make better use of a weak pinky finger on the violin?

Not many violinists would use their pinky to trill with by choice, unless the context requires it. It is natural to change position to a stronger finger for trills. Your pinky (like most people's) i …
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Will about 10 loose hairs in a violin bow make any difference when I use it?

I would carefully cut them off rather than yank them out. The latter might loosen still more. If it keeps happening, you should take it to a reputable repairer and find out what the problem is.
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Violin String snapped, and so did spare. Will I damage my violin if I leave it with 3 strings?

This part of the violin can often be responsible for string breaks. …
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