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KindaScratchy
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This is a really basic question, but...how do you deal with rests in a piece of music on a violin? On a guitar, you just don't pluck a string, but on a violin, with the bow already in motion, I'm not sure what to do.

Should I halt the motion of the bow (that seems too abrupt)? Should I lift the bow mid-stroke? Should I speed up the bow in order to finish the stroke sooner?

Any advice or tips would be appreciated.

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I'm thinking the bow is lifted mid stroke if necessary... the sound still rings for awhile which would complete the measure then drop the bow in motion to continue.

Right FM?dunno

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KindaScratchy said
This is a really basic question, but...how do you deal with rests in a piece of music on a violin? On a guitar, you just don't pluck a string, but on a violin, with the bow already in motion, I'm not sure what to do.

Should I halt the motion of the bow (that seems too abrupt)? Should I lift the bow mid-stroke? Should I speed up the bow in order to finish the stroke sooner?

Any advice or tips would be appreciated.

Either lift the bow or hold it.  thumbs-up

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If you are in time with the tempo and the notes, the rest will come automatic at the end of it.    1,2,3___rest, 1,2,3___rest,,, when you finish your last note, whether it be up or down bow, you skip the next beat.

 

I think,,, hard to explainviolin-studentdunno

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You count and prepare to play the next note. I find counting hard. If you take the bow off of the string you make things harder.

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All great answers. It's true that you lift the bow unless you want to damper the sound at the same time. It's all about how you lift the bow and how you put it back down as well. No need to lift it more than just barely off the strings. Also depends a lot on the music, style and tempo.

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