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mute or electric violin for practice
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Fiddlerman
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June 16, 2022 - 12:27 pm
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I'm one to believe that you have more options starting with an acoustic violin and if you're in a sensitive place to practice loudly, a heavy steel mute is very helpful. I'd pick this to start. An electric violin doesn't have a great sound in of itself. One needs effects to make it sound decent.

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Two levels of muting seem to meet my needs. The small round rubber mute that attaches to the D and A strings makes the instrument significantly quieter, but audible in the next room. When I add a clothespin it is indeed very quiet. Both are inexpensive, easy to use, and unlikely to cause damage. Unlike the heavy metal mute, they do not change the weight or balance of the instrument.

I shortened the clothes pin and keep it attached to the D string tuning peg where it is handy and out of the way. Some serious violinists have reacted poorly when they see my clothes pin, but my fellow old-time fiddlers don’t seem to care.

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November 12, 2022 - 12:57 pm
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I have a leather mute that I purchased at the local violin shop. It was made by the luthier who owns the shop. I have one for my violin and viola. I don't use them often. Luckily, I am in a position where it doesn't matter how much noise I make.

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