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How to start playing the violin again?

This happens so many times: as a child or teenager, you got bored with learning the violin and preferred to go and meet your friends. You didn’t want to study alone: you wanted a social life and fun. Now, as an adult, you regret it. You would love to be able to play the violin. […]

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Noteflight music notation software: a complete guide and review

We used to buy expensive complete software suites to write and print music. Now, without installing anything on our Mac or PC, we can access many online solutions that promise a lot. Ease of use, simplicity to write music, the possibility to record instruments to the score, simplicity to share music and scores, ability to […]

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Are the violin soundpost and bridge glued?

When we look at this incredible engineering feat, the violin, we just wonder how this awesome object can be held together. It is, at the same time, strong and fragile. It can go through time easily: violins from the XVIIth century still exist and are played today.Is a violin glued? The neck is glued to […]

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How to relax playing the violin

Holding the violin just isn’t natural or doesn’t seem natural. Or at least the way we have to twist and hold our left arm to hold the violin. As a consequence, we tend to hold our instrument tight and get tired quickly. And sometimes, pains arrive and stay, hindering our play. Long rehearsals become painful […]

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Are there tabs for violin?

Tablatures have been created for guitar or any instruments with frets. The notes still use general convention for rhythm, but the note itself is replaced by a number. That number is the fret where the finger is. This has several advantages. First, a beginner doesn’t have to learn how to read notes. Then they give […]

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Why is the violin so difficult?

Everybody has heard once a violinist or fiddler playing with a scratchy sound and slightly out of tune, even simple parts. That is often the case. We all know young children and their first challenging years on the violinā€¦ So the violin has a reputation of being a difficult instrument. But is it a deserved […]

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Can I start playing the violin as an adult?

Like me, if you have inherited your violin, or maybe you just have seen that band. In any case, you consider starting the violin and envision yourself on stage or having a great time with your musician friends. But contemplating the task, you fear that it can be a too tricky instrument to learn, especially […]

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9 tips and your violin E string won’t whistle again

It has happened to a lot of players. We try to play as perfectly as possible, have a good tone and intonation. Then, suddenly, our E string gives that bright, loud, harsh sound: it has decided to whistle. We try to stay concentrated, but we fear that next time it might happen again, and this […]

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Is playing the violin harder than the guitar?

This is the question many parents ask before selecting an instrument for their children. And this is a tough decision as changing instruments is not easy after several months or years of practice. The violin and the guitar are both string instruments that look alike somehow. But is playing the violin really more complicated, and […]

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Why does my violin squeak? Where to start

There is nothing worse than hearing a squeaking sound of a violin, or, as some people say, a screaming cat. And sometimes it happens when you try to play to an audienceā€¦ That is one of the most feared aspects of violin playing. Parents fear to hear squeaking sound from their kid’s violin; starter violinists […]