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With long open strings, the span to reach notes especially at the nut end would be too much for a lot of players if it retained the 5ths pattern of tuning. Making the tuning in fourths means that the left hand can encompass three notes in a scale and then move across to the next string in the same hand position. That said, it's not difficult to slide up a ...


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I can think of two reasons: Bass is difficult enough the way it is. If you were to play it like a cello, you would need a) much more frequent position changes, and/or b) a strong, independent and wide-reaching (much wider than on cello with its shorter scale) pinky. I think most bassists never use the pinky on its own at all (or do they?), because a bass ...


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It's a damper, or mute, like this one here When you wish to mute the sound of the instrument you slide it near to the bridge in order to dampen the bridge vibrations.


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They are simply called "five-string violins" in the English language, and usually combine the viola and the violin's ranges. Other stringed instruments that have 5 strings are generally of the viol family, e.g. the pardessus de viole which could have 5 or 6 strings, or the quinton which specifically has 5 strings.


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Do left handed violinists play in orchestras? Well... I do... (cello). I don't think I've ever seen any orchestra that uses left handed violinists It sure isn't a common sight. The vast majority of lefty players plays right-handed regardless. And that's not without reason, because My guess is that they would clash with the rest of the violinists, and ...


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Yes, it is absolutely possible to restring a smaller size Viola into a Violin. You will not damage the instrument by doing so. Fractional size violins can roughly correspond with smaller size violas, although technically some will be slightly different in length. 4|4 Violin = 14 inch Viola 3|4 Violin = 13 inch Viola (Violin body often 13 ΒΌ inch) 1|2 ...


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I'm a self-teaching violinist. That's really the crux of the problem. If you had a teacher they would be able to give you far and away the best advice. I'm guessing you don't play in the school orchestra else the leader's advice would also be very useful. Generally speaking the two things most worth upgrading in your situation are the bow and the strings. ...


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As a brass instrumentalist, I can only speak for that family of instruments. But the difference required to play in extreme registers is often explained with a simple sentence: Low notes require more air, high notes require faster air. And a simple experiment proves this: have a tuba player play, say, a middle C at a forte dynamic level and see how long ...


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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.


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I play the double bass and I know if it were tuned in fifths it would require a lot more shifting. No double bass player has the finger span to have the strings tuned in fifths. I say no double bass player because the instrument goes up in sizes to fit the player. It may be possible to tune in fifths if someone who normally played a full-size were to play an ...


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The reason for tuning an instrument a certain way is always for playability reasons (and instrument construction/design/purpose). One could certainly make the argument that a particular instrument belongs to a certain family but it doesn't fully answer the question- the same question still applies- why does that family get tuned a certain way. "Just because" ...


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A few years ago I experienced a very strange (to me), and quite frightening disturbance in pitch perception -- one that came out of the blue. Fortunately it was temporary, lasting not much more than 24 hours. This may not apply directly to your situation, but is a possible answer to your question 3 (What other circumstances could affect the perception of the ...


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The rib height on a 14" Viola is bigger. Here is a short YouTube video on the matter:


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Maybe you just never noticed them? I would suspect that someone trying to sell a violin with a head like a classical guitar wouldn't be able to sell them into a very, very traditional market. So... what did they do instead? They made geared tuners that look exactly like regular tuning pegs - with the added bonus that you can swap them into any existing ...


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The first thing to note is that "Sul Tasto" means something entirely different from "sul D", "sul A", "sul G", etc. "Sul Tasto" means "over the fingerboard" and contrasts with "Sul Ponticello" - over the bridge. Playing sul tasto produces a softer, sweeter, more flute like sound. Normally ...


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Physics tells us that higher pitches have more energy. So if we apply the same amount of energy--bow pressure and speed for strings, air for winds--then low notes will naturally be louder. However, this is pure physics. It's not a huge effect, and the technique involved in playing the actual instrument completely overshadows it. It's most visible on piano, ...


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I have two options that both work pretty well, the first being zip ties and the second being electrical wire. Zip ties are probably the easiest since they're cheap and easy to tighten, but the downside is they're impossible to move and impossible to remove without destroying them, so you would need plenty of extras. Luckily they're cheap. With electrical ...


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I think it is simply related to your hearing (ie not pitch perception). In this case your ability to hear yourself. In this case you haven't mentioned whether your performance was solo or with a group. If it was solo I would say that you have suffered from a temporary hearing loss resulting in the inability to properly hear your violon and thus intonate. ...


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I'm used to seeing this for chord fingering: Image source In case it's not clear, as spacing requires, sometimes the numbers are above the staff rather than below, but they are always arranged vertically and corresponding to the notes of the chord. I.e., the bottom of the three numbers is the finger to use for the lowest note of the chord, etc.


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It was common in the French Schools of the 19th century to tune in fifths. At that time the German and English bassists were switching to fourths. It was noted that the German and English bassists didn't need to work as hard as their French counterparts. The French were reluctant to leave fifths as they felt fifths tuned basses blended better with the cellos ...


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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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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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"I wonder if it is worth buying something good for my violin" You are not buying it for your violin, you are buying it for you. The real question I think is whether the money will be wasted. In my opinion NO. If you are serious about playing and stick with it then some day you will buy a better violin and those accessories that are no perishable (...


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The bass waltzes composed by Dragonetti have a lot of paired notes that go from 1st to 4th finger across strings to minimize shifting. The same can be said for the 6 Vivaldi sonatas and Benedetto Marcello sonatas. It seems that composers in that period took into account the tuning in 4ths and made pieces that fascilitated the playing to bassists. (I'm aware ...


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We could probably find a picture of a left-handed orchestral violinist. But, mostly, it just isn't a thing. Beginner string players aren't offered the option. The left hand does all the clever stuff anyway. Just like on guitar. Bit silly to give THEM the option, really. Pianists have to do REALLY intricate things with both hands, and no-one whines for a ...


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If you don't mind a little Do It Yourself, you can use Sausage Casing, which can be purchased by the pound. It takes some stretching and drying and possibly some twisting to make thicker strands. Waxed cord for leather sewing work also works pretty well for frets. You can find it for saddle making and other leather work projects.


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Some reasons why people don't use geared tuners on violins: I haven't tested in personally, but there us usually some discussion on how using heavier material in metal geared tuners reduces some of the vibration transfer from the strings into the neck, causing some tone loss/difference. The wood to wood contact is supposedly better for tone. The short ...


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@feetwet Right hand pizzicato is, as you wrote, indicated with "pizz.". There is no reason to make any other symbol for that; you can say that the word "pizz." has become the symbol. Any different symbol will just be confusing. Using an open circle to indicate left-hand pizzicato is a really bad idea since an open circle normally means a harmonic as you ...


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