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I've both played and written a lot of advanced solo string music, and, while it varies from composer to composer (and editor to editor), bow markings are not at all uncommon. I just grabbed two scores off my music stand—Britten's Three Suites for Cello and Hindemith's Sonate for solo cello—and the former is covered with markings while the latter ...


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Ball end vs loop Traditionally these instruments have a fine tuner on the highest string (E for violin, A for viola) which may take a loop end string. The lower 3 strings always take ball end strings. Modern violins for beginners and intermediate players will have a modern fine tuner fitted for all 4 strings which normally take ball end strings. Nevertheless ...


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Once you learn how to play violin, viola will come easily, assuming that you can stretch your fingers a little bit more. The techniques to play violin and viola are nearly identical (although slightly more advanced techniques such as vibrato are marginally different).You should learn to listen to your intonation and adjust accordingly– preferably ...


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But how is it with the intonation? My violin teacher is primarily a viola player. He started off playing the violin and switched after a year or two to viola. He brings his violin along to lessons and occasionally plays. In the interests of maintaining a good relationship I keep my mouth shut and instead tell myself "Not bad intonation for a viola ...


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If you are interested in both violin and viola, then go for it for sure. You would have to learn the alto clef which could be a bit confusing to start with, but it helps your brain to define the difference between the two instruments. I'm intrigued that you say intonation is a bit easier on viola! In my experience this is not necessarily the case. The ...


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Just adding a bit to Brian T's well-done answer. I recommend a cleaning step after removing the old string and before installing the new one. Wipe the notches in the nut and the bridge to remove possible FOD ("foreign object damage"), then run a pencil or other source of graphite powder into the notch to act as a lubricant. Whatever else you do , **...


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There are two main reasons for bowing in a particular way: Dynamics. It is easier to play loudly at the frog and to play softly at the tip. Bow distribution. Hooking (consecutive up bows or down bows) may be better for getting your bow to where you want it to be. Players who are still learning can benefit greatly from helpful markings like this. Once a ...


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