Sound Quality on Violin?



Asked by: David Sok

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What is a good violin sound?





“There are hundreds of adjectives that describe the tone of a violin: warm, lyrical, rich, clear, deep, smooth, brilliant, “and on and on. The most important one though, is power. A good violin will be loud.” (From my article, How to Choose a Violin.) Power is measurable in concrete terms.

Why does the violin sound so good?

The bridge transfers some of the energy of vibration of the string to the body of the violin. The bridge itself is very effective at transmitting power to the body at frequencies from about one to four kHz, which is where the ear is most sensitive. This is one of the reasons for the bright timbre of the violin.

Does playing a violin make it sound better?

Actually, yes it does. Although there are a few changes that you can make to improve the sound of an inexpensive beginner instrument, such as changing to a high quality string set or buying a better bow, a quality crafted violin sounds different (and more pleasing) because it is different.

How do you know if a violin sound is good?


And you if you go through those one at a time a a is kind of focused at the back of the throat a it's it's kind of a round sound a you know and you feel its focus right here. You move into E.

Why do expensive violins sound better?





Geographical origin is the most important thing (Italian violins sell for at least six times the price of a comparable French or English violin, and German violins lag far behind). The other factors would be the quality of the craftsmanship (how well regarded the maker is) and the age of the instrument.

Why is my violin so scratchy?

Too much rosin on the bow hair produces a scratchy, unpleasant sound, while too little will cause the tone to fade out during your bow stroke. Finding exactly the right level of rosin to apply is like everything else involved with learning to play the violin… it takes practice.

Why are violins sad?

We can’t know that for sure, but the instrument’s dark timbre lends itself to emoting sadness. A 2004 study observed what is called an MMN (mismatch negativity) response — i.e. the brain ‘notices’ the difference between two consecutive types of stimuli — when the same melody was played by a violin and a flute.

Why does violin make you cry?

Tears and chills – or “tingles” – on hearing music are a physiological response which activates the parasympathetic nervous system, as well as the reward-related brain regions of the brain. Studies have shown that around 25% of the population experience this reaction to music.

What is the saddest sounding instrument?

Participants judged the human voice as the most frequently used sad instrument, with the ‘cello, viola, violin and piano completing the top five. The triangle was judged the instrument least used for sadness, along with the cymbal, tambourine, wood block, and glockenspiel.



What makes a violin high quality?

Craftsmanship. The craftsmanship of the violin is the greatest indicator of the quality of an instrument. When you look at the seams of the violin, they should be elegantly sealed with no visible glue or rough edges. The more finely carved the scroll, the higher the quality of the violin.

Why is violin so expensive?

The Materials. The quality of the materials used in a violin also has a big impact on its price. Violins are traditionally made from three types of wood- spruce, maple and ebony. Spruce is used for the top or soundboard because it’s strong yet light and resonant.

How long does it take to sound good on violin?

around three to five years



So how long does it actually take, to sound good on the violin or viola? As a teacher, I would say that most students take around three to five years to start sounding good and probably 10 years to sound like a completely fluent player.

How much should you pay for a good violin?

How much does a Good Violin cost? For an intermediate player, a “good” violin will cost around $1,000 – $3,000. At this price level, high-quality and solid tonewoods will be used. For a professional, a “good” violin can cost anything from $3,000 to $1 Million.

Should a beginner buy an expensive violin?

For beginners, choosing a high quality violin will always be the best choice. A quality product that is delivered ready-to-play will help you get started off on the right foot and ensure that a lifelong love of playing will blossom in every budding violinist.

Why is it so hard to play the violin?

The true difficulty of violin playing lies in executing the bow strokes with precision. A violinist must simultaneously control the angle of the bow and pressure applied to its hair. If you add only a tiny bit too much pressure, you will hear a scratching sound.



Is violin harder than piano?

Both instruments are difficult to master, but when it comes to the start violin is much tougher. There are all sorts of awkward positions that you would need to learn.

Can I learn violin at 40?

As a violin teacher, one question I get very often is “Am I too old to learn the violin!?” A short answer is: yes, of course, you can learn the violin as an adult! On the other hand: it’s not without reason that some even believe it’s not even possible to learn the violin as an adult.

Is violin harder than guitar?

The consensus is that guitar is an easier instrument to learn than violin, and that it takes more practice time to get to a performance-worthy level for the violin than the guitar. Violin is more difficult because of its lack of frets and its complexity in playing techniques.

Is violin easy to master?

Have Patience. As you may have now understood, a violin is the most difficult musical instrument to be master in. Some genius beginners seem to learn violin perfectly with just two to three years of practicing. But mostly it takes much longer to become a master violin player.



Can you self teach violin?

Even beginners have to start somewhere. Learning an instrument on your own isn’t an impossible a task, even an instrument as complicated as the violin can be learnt without a violin teacher. Holding the bow, positioning your fingers on a violin string, adopting the right posture… these are all things you can learn.