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I've been watching the PBS old recordings of masterclasses of Heifetz. He had major callouses on his fingers! He was playing a transparent violin model to show all angles of fingers, so it was quite clearly shown that his fingers had callous. In certain shots I think his fingers were peeling dude!! but it didn't seem to hurt him (he always looked too serious ...


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I think you might be running into the issue of key signatures. When you look at the very beginning of a piece, you see a clef and then (usually) you see some sharp or flat symbols, and then you see a time signature (3/4, C, or something like that). The sharps and flats are automatically applied to all the notes. So if you see an F# (just the sharp, no note) ...


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One way to play it that might make it easier is to split this chord in two bows: the first 4 notes in a down-bow (G-D-Bb-G) and then do an up-bow to play the harmonic. Check for example minute 5:26 of this video (at speed x0.5 for best observation):


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Some right hand (bowing) comments: You seem to have used a low resolution which means that a lot of the time your bow hand is blurred. However I managed to find a moment when it was relatively still and pausing the video gave me a good view of your bow-hold. There is a fair amount of tension in your right hand, which is understandable for a relative ...


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It's going to vary quite a bit, and depend mostly on two variables: individual stamina and the method of sound production. I'm primarily a guitarist. If I've been playing for five hours and I have to play a song that has a very high note, fatigue isn't really going to hinder me. But the trumpet player on the same gig may struggle, as he or she has been ...


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It varies from person to person. Factors are health, environment, ergonomics, technique, diet, sleep . . . A pianist with an ergonomic technique will not tire because gravity does all the work. All they need is proper alignment and they can endure for a long time. Gravity will keep them relaxed. It is called resting up. I once played two fourteen hour ...


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I could say a character wakes up sad one day but knows music cheers him up, so he takes out the instruments and plays until he gets tired, and the question would be how much time has passed before the next scene occurs The answer is another question: "How long is a piece of string?" To make it clear let me change the subject in your question from ...


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If you aren't able to adjust the height and position of your shoulder rest to find a comfortable place that lifts the end of your violin away from your collarbone, then you might look into replacing the chin rest ( what the metal piece is attached to) with a different model. There are many different types and shapes of chin rest. Some mount on the left side ...


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You have two solutions: Don't press the violin into your body. Relax. This is what most of us do. Do what we see Hilary Hahn doing in this video and place a cloth over the offending parts of the violin. Note that if you already have a hicky from previous pressure then the short term solution is number 2 until you have healed completely, but the long term ...


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The difference between a just fifth and a perfect fifth is less than 2 cents. If you're playing solo, 99% of listeners will never notice the difference. If you're playing in an ensemble, 98% will never notice the difference, so long as you adjust your fingerings to play in tune with the other ensemble members. If the ensemble includes an instrument in ...


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Violin tuning is a huge subject. If you google it you will see. The violin sounds the very best when you tune the strings into actual perfect fifths that means just fifths not equal fifths. It gives the best resonance all over the instrument. So for that reason violinists have a tendency to tune the instrument with just tuning. But it can give problems. ...


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You can pretty well taught yourself, depends on determination, talent, love for music and your instrument, ... my boyfriend is self-taught piano player, and because of his late discovered enormous talent, he is progressing a lot faster than anybody I know from music school. First thing important is to make sure your wrist and lower hand are aligned or ...


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