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For All Things Violin

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there is always so much happening in bach

dynamics could be better😾

0 Comments
2024/06/02
12:02 UTC

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Big ask

I've moved abroad for a couple years, and didn't want to bring along my family violin that's been passed down for centuries. I've been gone for about 6 months, and I'm missing playing. I don't plan to join any symphonies or orchestras here, just want to be able to play at home, and maybe church. (Edited to add, I’ve plaid on and off for 10 years, so I’m not trying to self teach myself)

I have no idea how to tell what violins online are good quality/will sound good, just by looking. Unfortunately, there aren't any music shops or luthiers here I can get help from, or consider buying or renting an instrument from. I did look at all of the sites mentioned in the FAQ section, and none of them had anything within my budget.

Ideally, I'm looking for a full size violin from $150-$200. I know the budget is less than ideal, but during such a crazy season of my life, unfortunately that's the best I can do, and especially since I'm not looking to have it super long term. I'd like to play it while I'm here, but then donate it to the local high school before I leave.

Here's the ask— is there anyone here that would be willing to look at EBay or other similar sites to find a good quality/sounding violin in my price range? Of course, I understand you can't vouch for the quality of shop. I'm just hoping someone who knows a little more might be willing to assist.

Thank you, and apologies if this breaks any of the rules.

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2024/06/02
11:28 UTC

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HELP

I'm playing in a local soloist competition in about a year. I haven't decided what I'm going to play but I'm REALLY nervous. My violin teacher wants me to play the Viotti Violin Concerto 22 which he says I could finish in a few months. BUT, I don't think I'd be able to win competition with it. My only real competition played Czardas last year. Me and the other player have beef so I REALLY want to beat him this year. What do you think I should play or is the Viotti piece ok???

0 Comments
2024/06/02
07:47 UTC

2

Practice quietly if the walls have ears. (?)

Hi, I have neighbours on all sides of my room and don't want to make any enemies in the house while practicing. Do you know of practical ways to silence a violin for practice?

I tried covering the holes but it sacrifices a lot of the depth and overall enjoyment of the tone. Thank you!

13 Comments
2024/06/02
07:39 UTC

0

Why do violinists struggle with their pinky?

I am a cellist, and we use our pinky about as much as our other fingers and there isnt really that much of a difference. Why do so many violinists complain about using their pinky?

10 Comments
2024/06/02
04:41 UTC

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Where to start, not played for ~4 years?

I'm working on an old 3/4 violin I used to play when I was younger, now hasn't been touched for at least four years. One of my bows has hung on enough to last until I can get it restrung/replaced, but I'm wondering how to go about restoring the violin itself.

It's been strung for the entire time, but the strings themselves look alright to me. They won't stay in tune (unsurprisingly) but I think that has more to do with the tuning pegs, they are very clunky to turn and are making it very difficult.

How can I work on making the pegs work again so I can at least set the work going? I know there's a lot to do, so any other advice is much appreciated.

3 Comments
2024/06/02
04:16 UTC

1

Is fixing my flat hand necessary?

I’ve been playing violin/viola for 7 years, and I’ve always had a flat wrist. I’ve never encountered any problems with playing, aside from just ability, with a flat wrist. I am self mostly self taught, and before any of you get on to me, I’m trying to get my first private teacher in September. I play all four string instruments, and the only problems I’ve had with my left hand are on violin and viola. Will I face any issues in the future, or do I need to focus on getting this fixed? Could you cite proof, as well?

4 Comments
2024/06/02
03:42 UTC

3

I need tips: part 2 lol

I had to use a mute and I also didn’t have alot of time so this isn’t my best but hopefully it’s enough

13 Comments
2024/06/02
02:56 UTC

0

Is this a proper bow hold

4 Comments
2024/06/02
02:21 UTC

0

I need tips :)

I’m very new to violin (as you can tell from the video lol) and I’m trying to learn a song but it doesn’t sound good and I’m not sure what exactly I’m doing wrong, any help would be appreciated.

6 Comments
2024/06/02
01:26 UTC

0

Is this bow hold bad

I'm new and have fairly big fingers and this is most comfortable to me

20 Comments
2024/06/02
01:21 UTC

4

Repertoire for church

What are some pieces that I could play for a prayer service at a church? It needs to be solemn with a “hauntingly beautiful” sound to it (That’s the pastor’s words). She suggested Thaiis Meditation and Saint Seans’ Swan which I liked, but I want a wider scope of possible repertoire.

6 Comments
2024/06/02
00:30 UTC

2

Solo from Scheherazade finale

3 Comments
2024/06/01
23:54 UTC

10

Queen Elisabeth Competition’s OFFICIAL ACCOUNT is DELETING comments

As the title says. Just came from the official Instagram account of the competition. 90% of the comments voiced their concerns over the political motivation of the competition.

The concerns were the first prize winner refused to shake Vadim Repin’s hand and beliefs that he did not deserve to get that prize in the first place.

Regardless, what I want to highlight is the aftermath of these events.

Couple of minutes later, the official Instagram account DELETED the posts announcing the winners.

As soon as they reposted, the comments flooded back.

And a few minutes later (now), they have begun DELETING COMMENTS and HIDING THEM.

Incredible to witness the politics get involved with the arts.

Would love to hear your thoughts here, as they will get deleted on other social media platforms.

Edit for more context: Queen Elisabeth Competition has been traditionally regarded as one of the most prestigious competitions. This year, the first prize winner was Ukrainian Dmytro Udovychenko. People were already unsatisfied with this result. Then, when he went to shake the hands of the jury, he purposefully did not shake the hand of Vadim Repin, a legendary violinist and youngest winner of the competition at the age of 16, solely because Repin is Russian. (The funny thing is that Udovychenko played Shostakovich Violin Concerto No. 1). The comments were mostly about this and suddenly all got removed by the official account.

Edit 2: This post was to highlight the competition’s response. Personal views on the performers are not the main topic, although I am also happy to discuss them.

39 Comments
2024/06/01
23:28 UTC

2

Violin mics or pickup live performance

I want to start playing violin live, I'm afraid of the feedback and I've been trying to find good options but the more I search the more I feel confused. I had to reject some gigs because I don't event have a mic or a pickup to play.

Budget from 180 to 1200$ i would prefer to go wireless. I'm more concerned of the actual sound of my acoustic violin but I do play different things from pop music to classical.

4 Comments
2024/06/01
23:22 UTC

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New-to-me Violin! Hello, Upgrade!

8 Comments
2024/06/01
22:51 UTC

2

Solo Funeral Gig — need help

So im a rather intermediate violinist (i mostly play jazz guitar nowadays) and i landed a gig at a funeral. Ive never actually gigged on violin before, and never gigged solo either, and never even been to a funeral, much less played at one. But im not one to turn down a gig so please if you have any advice or repertoire for me please share because i dont know what im doing and dont want to make a fool of myself or the poor guy they’re burying.

Any and all advice appreciated, thanks to all in advance

7 Comments
2024/06/01
22:01 UTC

8

Can someone help me with the fingering?

8 Comments
2024/06/01
20:59 UTC

1

violin trouble

i was tuning my violin and the E string just got really loose of a sudden? does anyone know if it means my string broke, or i need a new tuning peg.

12 Comments
2024/06/01
17:08 UTC

2

How to hold a violin wrongly?

Hello, my question is "how to hold a violin wrongly?"

(i would like to draw a picture with my character didn't good at violin yet, please help)

12 Comments
2024/06/01
15:27 UTC

11

How bad is it to play with a mute?

So recently i started playing violin but i always have to use a mute, my mom and brother work from home and are on calls constantly, and i obviously need to use a mute at night so its not loud enough to wake them up. Is it really that bad to play with a mute? And if so is there any way around it because in my home im pretty much forced to play with a mute if i dont want to get a text about being to loud.

21 Comments
2024/06/01
08:57 UTC

38

Erm how do I get sharpie off of my violin without damaging it?

My fucking friend wrote a smiley face on my violin while in band and my mom would kill me if she found out.

30 Comments
2024/06/01
07:39 UTC

2

To all violinists who have had carpel and/or cubital tunnel syndrome

*THIS IS PROBABLY MORE DIRECTED AT LONG TERM SUFFERERS*

I will be fully transparent, I am a guitarist and I'm doing this for educational enquiry. I have been living with undiagnosed (Now finally diagnosed and being treated) carpel in both left and right hand and, cubital tunnel syndrome (CTS) in just my left as possibly right for about 12 years now and I noticed that since having it I never really developed any decent calluses on my fretting hand (I did and still do play regularly 2h~ish a day so it's not that I wasn't practicing enough to develop them) and I do remember that I would get pretty decent ones before having it. So my question is has anyone else experienced this. There's no documented cases of this that I could find so I'm just wanting to confirm that I'm either not crazy and this is just something that was never really documented for some reason or is it just as I suspect me and 90% of the other people that do some repetitive task expecting to get better at it and I'm just crazy imagining things and should just go back to my cave and practice some more?

TL;DR
People who have had long term carpel/cubital tunnel syndrome and can remember did you still get decent calluses while you had it and did you start to get better ones once it was treated or did they ever come back?

P.S. pic of the tips of my fingers right now pre op.

https://preview.redd.it/c9gkretsiw3d1.png?width=2192&format=png&auto=webp&s=b5e1043d215e3432e6431c5103adc9b75db62a2c

4 Comments
2024/06/01
05:34 UTC

56

Anyone else love the Bach Chaconne?

16 Comments
2024/05/31
22:46 UTC

5

Strings discounts

I have ramped up my practice time over the past two years and am going through a set of strings like ever two months. My parents are glad to see me playing so much, but I know they would appreciate it if we could save some money on strings. Is there a good online retailer that has deals?

I hope this does not break community rules.

27 Comments
2024/05/31
21:27 UTC

2

All State age

For All State do you get judged by age group? Would a sophomore have the same expectation as a senior for example?

4 Comments
2024/05/31
21:19 UTC

3

Winter-vivaldi

Hi everyone! I'm almost/maybe 1week of playing winter by vivaldi. Im still stuck on that fast hands on 1st movement. Any advice to play faster and smoother??

8 Comments
2024/05/31
16:42 UTC

1

Is it worth restoring and upgrading a Herman Beyer E201-4H?

Was gifted a used one a few years ago and I learned some basics with the Suzuki books. It couldn't hold a tune by the end of hot cross buns! One of the strings popped recently when I broke it back out again and the bow is a little frayed. I'm a multi-instrumentalist with guitar being my primary instrument so I have a decent feel for it and would love to learn some more but it's definitely lower on my spending priority list right now.

Does anyone have a rough estimate of how much it would cost to at the very least get it tuned up, restrung, and to add a new bridge and modern tuners? Is it so much that I should just be looking at a new used violin? Thank you!

5 Comments
2024/05/31
15:34 UTC

1

Measurements for my vintage violin are 20.5X7.5X3.5. Does this make it a 3/4?

Hi violinists,

I'm a reseller and I just acquired this beautiful little E R Pfretzschner from 1971. I'm looking at violin size charts and feeling confused -- Do the measurements above mean I have a 3/4? I've sold two antique violins in the past and they were regular size I believe. This one looks petite. Don't want to sell it to someone for restore and have them be disappointed.

Would appreciate any help. Thank you! 🎻

3 Comments
2024/05/31
15:15 UTC

3

Sheet music online?

Hello,

Can anyone recommend a safe (preferably free) website for sheet music?

Thank you in advance!

7 Comments
2024/05/31
14:47 UTC

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