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all things equal..what instrument would be easier to play fast
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so another topic got me thinking.. and this is just for discussion and not a dig at any type of instrument or rating one higher than another.  just a question for discussion.

 

if you were able to play two instruments at the same level..e.g. accordian ( since its recent in topics) or maybe banjo or guitar..and violin.  say you had all the technique and intonation and things relevant to those two instruments..which one do you think would be easier to play single notes faster and rythmically in time?  At first id say violin but then i got to thinking people that play scruggs type banjo can let er rip.  But..Im thinking on a violin (fiddle) you could do more quicker because of the bow.  thoughts on something that doesnt mean anything?  lol.

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bells or tamborine

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Well... 1 bow/violin, 4 fingers and a thumb/guitar, banjo and accordion - but the accordion hand moves over a greater area (not counting left hand here) and the guitar hand has the distance of more strings to cover. 

Banjo's pretty fast if using all 5 fingers, not using a pick, but one single violin bow stroke can slur many notes (e.g.,rolls!) very fast on 1 or more strings... fiddle wins out!

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Easily violin, I would think. On plucked instruments, the plucking hand is a limiting factor. On violin, with slurring, the left hand is the only limiting factor. Even playing separate bows, the violin can probably be played faster because the hand doesn't have to work as hard to pull a bow across the string than to pluck it, and the movements can be smaller.

The only other instruments I think might be comparable to the violin in ability to play quickly are the upper woodwinds.

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I don't know. I have watched Roy Clark videos. He played a ton of instruments, He is pretty darn fast plucking that banjo and guitar. There are other guitarists, classical for example, who are plucking notes and they are playing those classical pieces as fast as a violinist would.  There are other banjo players and guitarists that are pretty darn fast. I think it depends on  the person.

I don't really think there is an answer to this. Someone's finger skills might be better than the fastest bowing skills. You still have to finger those notes in the violin, viola, guitar or whatever on the neck. It isn't just the plucking or bowing. Then, there is the piano. There are some piano players that are running all over the keyboard.

There are many fast, accurate, instrumentalists out there.

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