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Old 02-23-2020, 12:55 PM
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Default Violin compensation?

Iíve always wanted to try my hand at violin, and today someone practically gave me one.
Do you need to compensate a violin like I do my mando? Or does it not matter as its fret less?
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Old 02-23-2020, 01:22 PM
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I think I meant intonation
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Old 02-23-2020, 05:39 PM
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You are correct - no bridge alterations are needed.
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Old 02-23-2020, 11:12 PM
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No frets. Getting the notes accurately is all up to you.
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In the middle of each f-hole there is a little notch. The violin's bridge should be on a line that connects the two interior notches. Your bridge will have a tendency to bend, twist or lean toward the nut. It needs to be periodically brought back in line.

Violins need a setup just like guitars and mandolins for optimal playability.
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Old 02-24-2020, 05:33 AM
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Iíve always wanted to try my hand at violin, and today someone practically gave me one.
Do you need to compensate a violin like I do my mando? Or does it not matter as its fret less?
If you want you can buck the trend and make it feel a little more familiar by getting one of these:
https://www.ebay.com/i/183101207557?...hoCt-8QAvD_BwE

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Old 02-24-2020, 08:34 AM
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I can tell you from past experience, learning to play the violin or fiddle is not something that can be learned online. Intonation is driven by training your ear to ear the correct intervals. Tuning with friction pegs is an art all itís own, and bowing is something that takes a lot of time. A well set up instrument, a well-balanced bow, and a competent teacher are general requirements for the majority of new learners. The process has too many moving parts for general DIY.

While you donít necessarily have to obsess over the bridge placement, you do have to be worried about the sound post (located inside the instrument) placement.

A lot of folks dabble in guitar with minimal effort, but dabbling in violin, well, it can be a bear.
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If you want you can buck the trend and make it feel a little more familiar by getting one of these:
https://www.ebay.com/i/183101207557?...hoCt-8QAvD_BwE

HE
I second that. The Fiddle Fretter is a real boon in learning.
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Realize that learning to play a violin/fiddle decently will be a very lengthy and time consuming process. I have seen very good musicians who play other stringed instruments very quickly stop trying to play a fiddle. They had trouble with the slow development and got tired of making noise. The bowing is what gives players the biggest problem.

The violin/fiddle has the potential to produce fantastic music. Unfortunately the opposite is also true. People and animals will vacate the house when a new fiddlers starts practicing.
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Realize that learning to play a violin/fiddle decently will be a very lengthy and time consuming process. I have seen very good musicians who play other stringed instruments very quickly stop trying to play a fiddle. They had trouble with the slow development and got tired of making noise. The bowing is what gives players the biggest problem.



The violin/fiddle has the potential to produce fantastic music. Unfortunately the opposite is also true. People and animals will vacate the house when a new fiddlers starts practicing.


Thanks for the advice my friends
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