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The switch from Electric to Acoustic
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August 18, 2015 - 4:01 pm
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Yesterday I received my FM concert fiddle which marked my official transition from my beginner 'Cecilio Electric' to the acoustic world.  No regrets at all about the Cecilio for my first one...having a 'quiet' model definitely helped through the slamming-cats-against-the-wall-just-playing-a-scale phase of learning.  


Many others have praised FM and his products on here so I won't say much.  It's an outstanding piece, the package came with lots of quality extras, and the service was exceptional.


However, an interesting thing happened as I started messing around with it last night - I discovered some serious flaws with my bowing!  The same movement that produces acceptable sound quality on the Cecilio doesn't sound the same on the acoustic.  After carefully watching, I discovered I was sliding the bow slightly up towards the bridge when up-bowing which produced an airy, scratchy sound.  On the electric, the same minor movement didn't have the same affect on tone quality and was masked in my playing so I never noticed.  My guess is that the pickup in the electric model either wasn't sensitive enough to account for this or it was lost in the path to my earphones.  Either way, it's an interesting lesson learned and something I thought I would share to others who may have started learning on an electric.


Has anyone experienced this also?

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August 18, 2015 - 4:52 pm
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Actually it's quite common that a person who switches from an electric violin to an acoustical instrument feel that the instruments are way more sensitive. This is actually one of the reasons a lot of professional violinists recommend that you start on an acoustical. :)

Look forward to hearing more about your new instrument and how you get used to the acoustical violin and all.

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August 19, 2015 - 12:32 am
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@kylesito - a similar observation here as to what you experienced - I played the EV for 4 months before I went for an acoustic ( same as you as it happens, FM Concert ).  I didn't quite have the same issues as you - even on the EV I was aware of the difference in tone as you move the sounding point between close to the bridge and towards the fingerboard - but what really blew me away was (1) the enormous dynamic range achievable from the acoustic, from a whisper under the ear to "somewhat deafening"  (2) the overall "tonality/timbre" of the acoustic with both the added body resonances and the inter-string sympathetic resonances that were almost non-existent on the EV.   Having said that - I personally found the "cleaner" tone from the EV ( no other sound vibrations, from body or open strings ) quite "useful" for "raw-intonation-practice" - but that was me, others suggest it is BETTER to hear and get to understand the more complex sound from the acoustic from the start.

One downside I immediately found was that the nut-to-bridge length on the EV was somewhat longer - by about 7mm - than the "proper length" as defined.  That caught me out initially, but now - I automatically adapt to the marginally different fingering positions between the two - it just "happens" - I guess it is like driving two entirely different models of car - they behave, and have to be controlled, differently, and once adapted to, becomes automatic.   I guess it is exactly the same if moving to a larger bodied instrument such as the viola - it becomes automatic.

Anyway - you asked - and that's what I found during the "transition" from EV to acoustic.  I still regularly play both on a daily basis, and now have an FX box for use on the EV.  

Enjoy your new acoustic - I'm sure you will - good choice !thumbs-upthumbs-upthumbs-up

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August 19, 2015 - 6:59 am
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BillyG - The range of tones is awesome!  It's like starting to play a whole new instrument...except I already know the fingerings.  I've pulled out some of my old music just to see the difference and I love that there is so much behind the notes now.

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