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when i bought my violin at the beginning of last year, i don’t think i replaced the g string so i don’t know how long it has been in use. there is a little bit of this yellow color towards the end of the fingerboard (it’s harder to see in the picture). should i be replacing the string? is it rust or something?
Hello everyone. I just changed the fine tuner on my D string. The luthier tuned my violin for me, and after practicing for a couple of hours, I noticed a buzzing sound on my A string. It only happens when I put my two fingers on the A string, especially when I play a down bow. The other notes on the A string are fine, so I'm not sure why this one note has an additional buzzing sound. I tried recording it, but the buzzing isn't recognizable in the recording. It's something you would only notice when you personally play it.
It's been about two days since I noticed the buzzing, and I tried retuning it, but the problem remains. To be honest, I don't really have the time to go back to the luthier again. It's far from where I am, and dealing with my violin's constant issues is becoming tiring. I understand that the problem may not be easily identifiable based on what I've described, but have any of you ever experienced something similar? Can you guess what the problem might be? Is it something that can be easily fixed? I really don't want to spend any more money on it, as it doesn't seem worth it.
I played for several years as a kid and got pretty good before life happened and I had to stop. I've kept my old middle school folder of sheet music all these years in case I started playing again, and now that I have a violin again it's all coming back to me!
Now I'm looking for new stuff to practice on and have no idea where to go. Where do you get your sheet music from? What are your favorite songs to play?
Hello guys, i'm trying to buying new violin. It looks like fake painted strips? I really didn't understand it's fake or real? Can you help me about that. Thanks!
I know it’s usually maple, but the grain doesn’t look like the norm so I was wondering if this was a stylistic choice, cost saving choice, or perhaps a different kind of wood. The violin is just an old probably German model.
For example, if I play an upper F, and soon later play the same note the tone will be off, a little higher or lower than what I previously played. How to avoid that ? Also exercises to improve sound in general, bow placement on strings.
I just try to play for fun I've never had any talent with this instrument, once a while I rent or borrow a violin. The one I rented is a student violin, inexpensive. Although my expectations are low I would like to improve sound and accuracy. I can generally find the notes by ear and their approximate location.
Have anyone played this? Is there difficult as it sounds? It uses a lot of tremolos and seems exhausting because of its sheer length..
It happens that some days the sound of my violin appears metallic. Do you know what causes it? It's a lot of annoyance and sometimes I want to break the instrument :/ P.s. As strings I use evah pirazzi (pirastro)
I'm practicing violon since 3 months now and id like to buy my first violin. Is it a thing to go to all the violin maker of your city and ask to try their beginner violins to see the sound and the Price? Thanks in advance :D
I’m deciding whether to watch it and wanted to see what the members of this subreddit thought of it. Thanks!🙏
I am going to be giving lessons to a complete beginner pretty soon. I've never given lessons before, but I need Tri-M (honor society, I am in high school) volunteer hours and I've always been good at teaching other things. Does anyone have any tips I should know going into this? I feel under-prepared but nothing will make me feel prepared lol.
I have a 6 year old student who doesn't really want to practice. He doesn't practice at home and comes in and doesn't listen to what I'm telling him to do. I've seen him for a month now and he still sounds the same. I feel like a failure as a teacher. I've done games with him, played with him, and it's like he just wants to play without practicing or learning. Hes only 6 so I understand not wanting to practice or learn, but it's so hard for me to make him focus and I think best course of action is for me to tell his parents to have a different teacher. It sounds awful and I feel awful, but Im running out of ideas on how to help him.
Is there any benefit to practicing octaves if you aren’t learning a piece that has them? I’ve been practicing octaves for fun but I don’t know if I’m just wasting my time or if it’s helping me improve as a violinist.
i just dropped my violin, shy of 24h of owning it. resulting in a crack around the inside of the bass bar running from under the tailpiece to just before the bridge. i can probably not afford the repair and it is probably not worth it to begin with. am i risking the instrument in any way if i continue playing it with the crack? will restringing and such pose any risk?
So I've been playing my violin for about 4 years now, and I've gotten pretty good (I hope), top of my class, 2nd chair in state orchestra, etc.. But recently, every time I pick up my violin my fingers stiffen significantly (both hands), and frequently cramp, which leads to a horribly slow and out-of-tune playing session. I can't figure out why this has started happening, especially considering that it's never happened before. Can yall please help me figure out what this is, and/or maybe any exercises etc. that I can do to alleviate this?
I'm currently on a 100€ carbon fiber bow and feel like I could start trying out some bows. I'm in Finland. My teacher told me to call my country's main violin shop and they'd send some bows up north from the south. I was looking at CodaBow Marquis/Diamond as well as some 700-1500€ pernambuco bows from the local violin shop. Is it possible to order bows from thomann.de for example all the way over here just for testing? Anyone have any tips on what to look for in a new bow? I don't have much experience testing bows.
This notation showed up in a "classical bash" and even my treacher isn't sure what it is. From what she can tell, the lower (and larger) note is correct, but we're not sure what the smaller one is there for. There is a second violin, playing repeated A's, and there's a piano, which I don't have the notation for to show you, but it doesn't seem to help.
Hi, I am a fairly advanced violinist and am thinking about a new bow. I've been using a codabow diamond nx for around 4 years now, and it's been great, but as i am advancing, I notice that it doesn't do as well for more advanced techniques especially things like string crossing with fast spicatto. At a price range of 800-1500 max, should I be looking at a wood bow or high end carbon fiber? what would get me the best "bang for the buck"
So im trying to learn the swan so I have to shift up what scale should I use to practice intonation so i sound better on the swan which i am currently learning i thought 3 octave g major scale but i feel like thats going really high and im not sure i can go that high need help.
If I carve a letter, number or anything on my violin, removing only the varnish, will it do any damage to the sound?
Is there a specific or standard way to notate in sheet music for half position? I use roman numerals for all other positions (ex. 3rd position - III; 5th position - V; etc.), but haven't ever come accross a universal convention for half position. I came up with the marking it in like the photo, but does anyone know a better way?
Thanks in advance!
Who has heard the music of Campagnoli? I recently explored and made some casual recordings of his Opus 10 fugues for solo violin, an unfortunately overlooked composer and violinist of the classical era with heavy Baroque influences. Let me know what you think, and if you want to hear the full set you can check them out here: https://www.sniffingvarnish.com/blog/filling-in-the-gaps-campagnoli
I need help figuring out how to keep up with this long list of pieces i gotta learn(third year of conser):
•Mozart 4 (first two mvmnts + respective cadenzas by Joachim)
•Dvorâk, Romance Op 11
•Schumann's Sonata Op. 105 (first mvmnt)
•Paganini Caprice 14
•Bach Partita in Dm (minus Chaconne)
I have a bunch of chamber pieces as well, but i'm not too worried about those (with the exception of Beethoven's sonata 5, of which i'm finishing reading the 4th mvmnt, and over all is hellish to keep in a "polished sounding" state).
I feel like i'm spreading myself thin with this much stuff, but per degree requirements that's what i gotta learn. Studying each invidual piece is not the problem, but mantaing them in shape certainly is, and idk how to better distribute time to give to each piece and not leave any of them in the dust.
How can I keep them all in good shape, given a 5h/day practice time? (For added context: i've already read most of them, with metronome, dynamics, and some interpretation cues; still most of them need technique upkeeping). Any advice is of great help, thanks in advance! ^^