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The techniques are entirely different, so I would say no - it is essential to get the technique correct. Holding the violin and bow, bowing the strings, finger, hand, wrist and arm position are all difficult without a tutor present to ensure correct movements and muscle tension. Once you have the basics correct, you should be able to progress with online ...


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To be clear, I'm trying to switch from fourth position on the high E string In that case your first finger is on the lowest B on the E string and your second finger is on the C. The C on the A string is then one octave below that. The "correct/normal" way to play consecutive notes an octave apart is with the fourth finger on the high note and the ...


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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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How do YOU define mediocre? In one lesson I don't think anyone could learn much of anything, unless they are a savant. There are essentially no overlapping techniques. Other than that fingers move nothing is the same. You have no frets or keys so there will be effort to learn to be "in tune". Even if you manage to get your string fingering hand ...


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Is it possible to learn violin online with a mediocre violin? Yes, it is although it is not easy, particularly at the beginning. A teacher will be able to spot and help you correct problems almost instantly in your weekly lessons. Without a teacher you will first have to work out that you have a problem and then find out how to fix it. Meanwhile you can ...


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you only use vibrato on long lasting notes, correct? Only when you are learning. It's not like you are vibrating all time while playing It depends on the piece and the violinist. There are some pieces where good violinists will be vibrating almost all the time. it helps leaning my index finger on the neck of the violin Leaning is fine. Gripping is not. ...


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We don't know how old, how musical, how disciplined you are and those are all important factors. If you can use the music for piano, then vioin music is simpler - there's only one staff to use. So, theoretically, part of the job of learning the violin is already on the way. Learning any instrument is part music itself, and part technique on that instrument. ...


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