I'm joining a community baroque orchestra and I'm wondering whether it is acceptable to use open strings versus 4th finger/positions. We're playing pieces like Vivaldi rv 121, 151, 127, etc. When I was involved in youth orchestras a while back, open A/Es were basically forbidden (granted it was classical music and most players had student violins where an open E was like fingernails on a chalkboard). But I heard people mention for baroque music, sometimes they are actually preferred. However I have synthetic strings rather than gut strings. Anyway, I'd love someone's opinion. Thanks so much!
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