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Anyone play violin?


(@sgincyqx)
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Odd question, yes, but I'm curious.

I'm thinking I'd really like to pick one up. It's tuned in fifths, like a guitar, correct? How's the transition?

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(@noteboat)
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It's tuned in fifths... NOT like a guitar. Guitars are tuned in fourths (except for the B string).

The transition is rough. Fingerings along a string are fairly intuitive if you play guitar, but crossing strings isn't - all new scale patterns. Since it has a fingerboard instead of a fretboard, you can get all the microtonal sounds - it'll definately give your ears a workout.

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(@ricochet)
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Probably the hardest instrument to learn to play well.

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(@sgincyqx)
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It's tuned in fifths... NOT like a guitar. Guitars are tuned in fourths (except for the B string).

The transition is rough. Fingerings along a string are fairly intuitive if you play guitar, but crossing strings isn't - all new scale patterns. Since it has a fingerboard instead of a fretboard, you can get all the microtonal sounds - it'll definately give your ears a workout.

Tuned EADG, isn't it?

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(@ignar-hillstrom)
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The biggest change is that your entire posture is different in ever aspect. IMHO left-hand fingering isnt too hard to learn, proper bowing technique is much harder.


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(@crkt246)
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The tuneing is GDAE if your wondering why I know this its becouse I am leaning to play mandolin


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(@gnease)
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I've been trying to learn in my spare time. At first, I found it very difficult because it requires a posture and coordination that is very different than guitar. Initially, my hands would fatigue rather quickly. But as different muscles and coordination have developed -- and I've also learned to relax less needed muscles, my stamina is getting much better. I don't find the fifths tuning to be much a problem, especially as it's the same as mandolin. Learning to play both at the same time seems to have learning synergies. It's definitely an interesting experience.

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