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January 21, 2016 - 4:21 pm
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Hello, i've got a new violin, but I don't know why my violin kinda noisy, i tuned it using an android app and i have recorded me playing the open strings, can you checkthem out and tell me whats wrong :)

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January 23, 2016 - 1:19 am
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Welcome to the group, or family of fellow fiddlers. You're gonna love it here if you stay connected and participate a little while learning. We've all started just like you have and trust me... we sounded just like you do until we practiced about a million hours and spent months of time hammering out our issues with one another! Ha.

Your strings sound fine for being played "timidly" and most beginners do. Your violin has a big voice and will certainly sound wonderful when you let it really sing. Your strings will sound a little better and different if you apply a little more pressure and bow speed as you make the notes, they need that quickness to vibrate properly. Although in many instances as you want to purposely play softly then of course you slow down and lighten your bow pressure on the string.

The only thing I heard was the D was a little low in frequency or 'flat' but only about a 1/2 note at the most.

New strings? They will stretch as time goes by and you practice on them, check them every day for a week or so as you work with them. My strings usually take a good set in 2 weeks at most... and then maybe another tiny adjustment when the weather changes dramatically.


Enjoy yourself here, glad you're learning... stick with it. practice at least 15 min every day if you can and don't miss more than 2 days in a row...

"If you practice with your hands you must practice all day. Practice with your mind and you can accomplish the same amount in minutes." Nathan Milstein

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January 23, 2016 - 1:03 pm
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Welcome... (what he ^^^^^^said).   I am sure after a few weeks and practice things will sound wonderful... and day after day much better.  Be kind to yourself and keep doing the practice.  

 So nice to meet you on the forum.  Good luck and keep us posted.

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January 23, 2016 - 4:59 pm
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Hello and welcome!  The sound is as it should be for today.  You've probably got this from other sources, but I think it bears repeating:  more than half of what we're doing is in the bowing.  This requires a grip that you can live with, and it requires keeping your bow hairs parallel to the bridge, midway between the bridge and the fingerboard.  Also, I've found that if you tilt the bow slightly, so that the hairs are facing either the bridge or the fingerboard (essentially using one side of the bow hairs), it helps reduce the scratchiness; I prefer having the hairs face the fingerboard, but I've seen in quite a lot of videos where which side of the hairs used can change with every bow stroke (Heifetz did it, as does Perlman).  For now, pick one, and stick with it.  Long notes on open strings are essential in the beginning, because bowing needs to become second nature.  Also, no matter what, play as if nobody is listening.  How you view your progress can differ greatly than how others view it, so focus more on what it sounds like, rather than what you think others might be thinking about it.  Finally, have fun with it, otherwise, there's no point to it.  I hope this helps.  Enjoy!

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January 25, 2016 - 2:34 pm
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Perhaps, just perhaps, you are bowing with contact too close to the bridge.
Otherwise, it doesn't sound that bad. You'll need to get some bow technique that doesn't come overnight. :)
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