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What genre of music do you prefer to play on your violin, viola or cello
I was wondering what your favorite genre is to play and if it has changed over time.
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January 25, 2019 - 10:23 am
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What type of music do you prefer to play on your instrument? I know when I got my fiddle I thought only classical. I have changed since then, so I was wondering, what do you prefer and has it changed over time?

In the poll options, Folk is referring to older songs from whatever country you are from. In US, I think of Peter Paul and Mary, Trini Lopez, etc songs. Puff the Magic Dragon, Lemon Tree, Shenandoah, etc.

If you choose “Other”, please feel free to elaborate in a reply.

Feel free to explain why, or whatever else you would like to say, specific songs, recommend books with the music you like, etc.

This seems like a long poll, but there are three different instruments. You might prefer classical on cello and jigs on violin. I tried to allow for this. More than one answer may be selected to allow for this.

What Genrendo you prefer to play in your violin and/or viola and/or cello

  • Classical Violin(64% : 7 votes)
  • Folk Violin(45% : 5 votes)
  • Irish Violin(45% : 5 votes)
  • Jigs Violin(36% : 4 votes)
  • Other Violin(27% : 3 votes)
  • Pop Violin(18% : 2 votes)
  • Classical Viola(9% : 1 vote)
  • Classical Cello(9% : 1 vote)
  • 50’s and 60’s Violin(9% : 1 vote)
  • Folk Viola(0% : 0 votes)
  • Folk Cello(0% : 0 votes)
  • Irish Viola(0% : 0 votes)
  • Irish Cello(0% : 0 votes)
  • Jigs Viola(0% : 0 votes)
  • Jigs Cello(0% : 0 votes)
  • 50’s and 60’s Viola(0% : 0 votes)
  • 50’s and 60’s Cello(0% : 0 votes)
  • Pop Viola(0% : 0 votes)
  • Pop Cello(0% : 0 votes)
  • Other Viola(0% : 0 votes)
  • Other Cello(0% : 0 votes)
Total Voters: 11

Thank you.

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January 25, 2019 - 10:34 am
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To the extent, if any, that this is a beginners' forum, this poll is likely to reflect that in its results. For example, I have answered classical violin, but in a year or two I may be able to add other things including viola.

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January 25, 2019 - 10:42 am
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That is true. I have already changed in my preference for violin from when I purchased it and since I have started taking lessons and actually play it better. I went from classical to more like Irish. But I am just curious now. 

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I answered "classical". Right now my ear only understands the simpler harmonies. I'm a sucker for thirds and fifths with an occasional fourth or lead tone. Anything else fries my brain enough to make it even less likely to hit (however approximately) the correct pitch. D# and I are currently not good buddies. 

Might just have to start listening to the (for me) more challenging classical stuff and hopes it grows on me.

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January 25, 2019 - 10:53 am
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bocaholly said
 D# and I are currently not good buddies. 

C Natural and I are not buddies. We really are at war with each other. On my viola and cello, C and I are friends.

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Fiddlerman
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January 27, 2019 - 12:00 pm
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I think I chose all the ones with the word "violin" in it.

It's not so much a question of genre in my particular case as good music. I believe that there are great tunes/pieces in every genre.

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January 27, 2019 - 5:41 pm
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@Fiddlerman I like your answer.

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I like to play jigs, reels, folk on the violin. They are my favorites to play but I will never play them as fast as they usually do laugh

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What's 50s and 60s violin?

And we still don't have an Indian section.

And I need to look jigs up. European ones seem to be fast, but there are some slow negro jigs (Check out the Carolina Chocolate Drops). This is the latest CD I bought: -psc=1

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I would be happy to play anything if I could do it in tune. I actually try to play Baroque quite badly, and also Irish fiddle music, but like most classical, especially Bach.

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@stringy said

I actually try to play Baroque quite badly

Maybe if you didn’t try to “play Baroque quite badly”, it would be better?

Just a joke! It was one of those things that had to be said. It is one of those, “I want to do this so bad,” and then I realize that I do do it that bad! Referring to me, not you. Now I will dig myself out of this hole. Anyone have a shovel? A lifeline? 

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Hmm Thinking Here Smiley

I wish I could say I like to play music from "All" genres, but I can't.

I have found music I love from almost all around the World, whether it be Classical or Pop, traditional fiddle music or just music that could be adopted by the violin, there's usually music I would love to learn.  

I DonI don't like to admit defeat but after quite a bit of searching I haven't been able to find any Indian Carnatic or Hindustani violin music that I want to learn.  It's only my personal preference.

That said, there are other areas of the World I've learned some music from that we haven't even started talking about, yet. 

We could start with Spanish/Latin American and the Far East as new areas to explore, but some of our current genres can be researched further to learn other music styles linked to their Countries of origin, like Canadian Québécois to France, etc... 

Oooh, and don't get me started on how our current genres need their subcategories explored... or at least mentioned - "Rock" & "Pop" have MANY, for example.

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What music do you mainly play?

  • Classical(63% : 5 votes)
  • Other than classical(38% : 3 votes)
  • Both in equal measure(0% : 0 votes)
Total Voters: 8

There's a reason I pose this poll again. The original is now 2 years old, and all forums change over time, and this one isn't an exception, and my gut feeling is that Classical music has lost a lot of ground. So an updated poll might be interesting.

Having said that, I see the original poll only had 11 respondents. I'm surprised there haven't been a lot more, so perhaps I am wasting my time.

Ah, look: -

At what time of the day do you most often practice?

Total Voters: 1,095
 

Perhaps this forum's heyday has been and gone? Or perhaps people just don't like polls any more.

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@Gordon Shumway -
 
I voted in your poll when you 1st posted it, but don't think you should get the wrong idea. 
Maybe you haven't seen there are several polls currently running in the right-hand margin? 
This is one of them:
 

What genre is your favorite when it comes to playing the violin/fiddle?

  • Classical (39%, 1,088 Votes)
     
  • Country (11%, 310 Votes)
     
  • Bluegrass (10%, 267 Votes)
     
  • Old time (8%, 221 Votes)
     
  • Other - I'll contact you to add this very important genre. :) (8%, 215 Votes)
     
  • Rock n roll (8%, 211 Votes)
     
  • Jazz (6%, 182 Votes)
     
  • Blues (6%, 157 Votes)
     
  • Tango (3%, 80 Votes)
     
  • R & B (3%, 72 Votes)
     

Total Voters: 2,017

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March 4, 2021 - 11:48 am
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I believe the polls running on the side are generated by the forum, which is why they are repeated, and are not member polls. The polls in the forum are reflective of members because only members can answer and can only answer once.

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I voted again, @Gordon Shumway. I Think I said classical only before because I was taking lessons and that is what they used. i have been trying fiddle, but really I am more interested in anything that is melodic. Some classical pieces are melodic, but I am beginning to look more into country or oldies for my instruments. The fiddle music is fun, but most is way too fast, but I am using it to get more speed in my cello, and is fun.  But, mostly expressive melodic pieces. Does that make sense?

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