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Shrill sounding violin on radio
What kind of violin or bowing is this?
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meofbillions
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January 25, 2020 - 7:48 am
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Yesterday, I heard on NPR a few songs by a professional violinist that sounded extremely shrill, something like a glass harmonica, which I thought it was.  I missed the beginning of the show and didn't understand what was going on, except that the composer of the pieces are very contemporary.  I believe the musician called her instrument a Baroque Violin.  How is such a sound made?

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January 25, 2020 - 8:35 am
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Harmonics can sound like a glass harmonica; they are subtle, ethereal sounds. Check out Fiddlerman's brief tutorial video on violin harmonics to see if you recognise any of the sounds (they're quite varied):

https://fiddlerman.com/tutoria.....he-violin/

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meofbillions

Welcome to the forum.

 

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@ meofbillions - Welcome to the forum. Yes, as Peter said, the glass harmonica sound must be open or fingered harmonics. Cheers

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