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4-string and 5-string violins
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kakashi540
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Which do you prefer and why? I personally like the regular four string, but i think that having 5 strings would be pretty cool and convenient. I have even seen violins with 6 and 7 strings although i think that's just really unnecessary.

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My former teacher received a 5 string as a gift and was secretly very annoyed.  She said that the difference in string crossing was driving her nuts.  It took about a month for her to settle down but I'm not sure she ever liked it.

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How 'bout them 8 stringed hardingfeles?

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I wonder where he buys his strings dazed

And what he pays ?

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fishdazed wow, i would have a lot of problems trying to play that 8 string…it looks pretty tough to just try to not hit multiple strings at once, but maybe that's really good for double, triple, and quadruple stops and chords.

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duncecap dunno oh, i guess i was mistaken, i didn't know that there was four strings like a traditional violin and then four under-strings that vibrate and resonate depending on what you play on the main four strings...

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However, there are 8 tuning pegs which is another issue.  I can not personally keep 4 strings in tune duncecap

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Oliver said:

However, there are 8 tuning pegs which is another issue.  I can not personally keep 4 strings in tune duncecap

yeah, keeping 8 strings in tune would really be quite difficult, especially when you get new strings.

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I pondered about five stringed violins...i just dont get how its possible to play lower.....than the G string...that would mean taking the C string on the viola and put it before than G string on the violin....seems to make it a bit tougher to maneuverdunno through and cross strings

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I think 4 string are the best, and I have seriously never seen a violin with 5 strings and I think 5 strings would be too much, I mean, it would even be harder to play.exactly

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But 5 string violins have so much potential and can really be useful at times where you need that lower branch of the string familydoublekiss

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I'm finding it a chalange to learn 4 strings. But I have heard a 5 played by Michael Cleveland which is pretty awesome. He is on YouTube.

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Lot's of people that play both Violin and Viola like the idea of having a 5 string for the possibility of playing either parts. Also some jazz fiddlers like the C string addition on their instruments. I don't really feel the need but do appreciate those who do.

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