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If you have to ask the question then the likelihood is that you are a beginner and you should play all the notes in first position, including open strings. If you are a bit beyond beginner then the next question is when to play open strings and when to play 4th finger. There are three considerations for this: Does one choice avoid a string crossing? e.g. ...


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There are several ways to intonate a note on a violin. A basic way of intonation is to listen to the "ringing" notes. That is the notes which resonates with the open strings. An example: play a D on the A string (third finger on the A string). If that note is exactly one octave above the open D string it has a resonance which violin players call a &...


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Since it is an electric violin, what you're hearing is likely sympathetic resonance with the other strings through the bridge. This effect is taken advantage of by the Hardanger fiddle, which uses sympathetic strings strung underneath the main playing strings. You could test this by tuning the other strings down a semi tone and see if that changes the "...


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I think you're right to be suspicious of this idea! For a start, if we're talking single notes, there's no such thing as a 'false note' in absolute terms - Each reference pitch and temperament of a given fixed-note scale will have a given set of 'true notes', and every pitch would be 'true' for some combinations of scale, reference pitch and temperament. If ...


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