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The sound of a violin Under ear vs. from a distance
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Fiddlerman
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What kind of earplugs are you using. The total block-out plugs are not good for music, IMAO!!!

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Under my ear my fiddle is so loud I can't hear any people playing on my left side. Then I thought maybe need to get earplugs to protect my hearing.  

WELLLL!!!.... I heard the violin through my jaw!! AND !!!... it was louder yet!!! 

Anyway do you suppose the old time fiddlers held the fiddle down on their forearm so they could hear the other jammers?  They never have a conductor to help them through a song the way a violinist does?

 

It's possible that's why some of the fiddlers did that, another is they were self taught and that was the most comfortable to play for long hours at a fast pace. Most fiddlers I've ever met, and even myself play better by ear so they just pick up the tune as they listen, hence not needing the conductor. Most fiddlers are kinda "haphazard" throwing tunes together as they play too so having a conductor would probably be a big hindrance....being fairly new to fiddling take my meanings with a grain of salt but that's what I see anyways....and I have to agree what ear plugs were you using? lol.

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LOL!! @Fiddlerman and @rockinglr33 I used just 1 and only in my left ear!!!

The plug was a soft blue foam noise reducer type.

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Schaick said
Under my ear my fiddle is so loud I can't hear any people playing on my left side. Then I thought maybe need to get earplugs to protect my hearing.  

WELLLL!!!.... I heard the violin through my jaw!! AND !!!... it was louder yet!!! 

Anyway do you suppose the old time fiddlers held the fiddle down on their forearm so they could hear the other jammers?  They never have a conductor to help them through a song the way a violinist does?  

 

@Schaick  I think that you can do a few things to improve the situation ...Maybe placing a cloth on the chinrest could do the job... every time I do so, it kinda dampens the sound up close, but it remains relatively the same from a distance (as fellow musicians say to me). You can also experiment with stings that are usually softer under the ear (maybe D'addario pro arte, Pirastro Violino, or Corelli Crystal, most of them are reasonably priced as well) or you can get to a luthier and change things regarding your soundpost or bridge...Earplugs can do the trick, but I think that you are not having the full experience that way...

Sounds as if you have a really powerful instrument though...nice 🙂

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@Hermes good ideas.  I have not tried the ear plug since I started playing with a gelrest.

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These make a huge difference. Not saying that you will hear everything but it's a great compromise.
https://fiddlershop.com/earasers-musicians-earplugs.html

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