Favorite Note

February 12, 2011 at 09:15 PM ·

I started to learn Scotland the Brave and it just lit up my violin. It's a simple little song, but all the G's just make it ring and resonate and happy.

Do different violins resonate and ring on different notes or are they generally set up to be similar across the board?

Replies (25)

February 13, 2011 at 12:26 AM ·

A440 on the D-string.

February 13, 2011 at 12:34 AM ·

C natural on the G string; C natural on the E string.

February 13, 2011 at 01:21 AM ·

 Third finger A on the E string and the first B-flat on the G string.

February 13, 2011 at 01:41 AM ·

My A string D makes the open D wild with glee.

February 13, 2011 at 03:08 AM ·

As a violist - anything on the C string:  from open C to three octaves above at the end of the fingerboard.  ;)

February 13, 2011 at 01:34 PM ·

 The third-finger D in first position on the A string.

February 13, 2011 at 02:01 PM ·

All of them could sound wonderful... 

If there is something, it's not the violin usually! 

February 13, 2011 at 02:11 PM ·

It's typical for a violin to start sounding especially resonant on the G string at middle C, C#, or D. My current favorite violin in my collection, a del Gesu model Vittorio Villa just born in late November, is a terrific violin through and through. I've been thinking of posting a blog on its evolution. But I have certain favorite notes there, too. The afore-said ones on the G - though this G string is great from the bottom G on - the first F# on the D, and the first Bb, B, and C# on the A, are particularly rich and resonant.

Without taking anything away from a great artist, if you listen carefully, especially repeatedly on recordings, you can hear especially resonant notes on various artists' violins, too.

February 13, 2011 at 04:24 PM ·

It's not so much a question of what notes she likes, it's what notes she doesn't  like. She hates out of tune notes - some of them make her shudder.

February 13, 2011 at 05:38 PM ·

C# on G string is a particularly resonant note on my violin and if there is a snare drum nearby, that note will make the snares rattle.

Fourth finger E on A string will make my E string vibrate almost as if I were bowing it.

February 14, 2011 at 01:17 PM ·

My violin particularly likes the ones that are in tune.

February 14, 2011 at 04:18 PM ·

A and D are my violin's favorite notes.

February 15, 2011 at 12:23 AM ·

D on the E string, G on the D string and A on the G string. Just beautiful!

February 15, 2011 at 09:51 AM ·

I like that E that's two octaves up on the E string, you know, the one just on the edge of the fingerboard, in the frostbite area. Or even better, the F a semitone higher just into the non-fingerboard area. ALL the other notes are just dead boring.

February 15, 2011 at 11:55 AM ·

@Peter: bowing on the wrong side of the bridge - col legno - there's where real interest is at.

February 15, 2011 at 12:58 PM ·

Julian, the way I'm playing at the moment maybe I should be bowing underneath the strings, it could only be an improvement!

February 15, 2011 at 01:13 PM ·

Julian, col legno refers to using the wrong side of the bow -- tapping the string with the wood part of the bow. I've never heard of playing on the wrong side of the bridge.  I don't know if there is a name for that, or even if it is a valid technique.  Has anyone ever played music that calls for playing on the wrong side of the bridge?

February 15, 2011 at 03:42 PM ·

No, but I've sometimes dun it when I've been very drunk!!

February 15, 2011 at 06:41 PM ·

Well, there was this bluegrass jam where we were trying to get the sound of a donkey...

February 15, 2011 at 08:02 PM ·

Thats's easy, you just pull the conductor's tail ...

February 15, 2011 at 09:51 PM ·

Maybe we can call it ponticellotissimo -- a useful technique when you do not have a blackboard handy to scratch with your fingernails.

February 17, 2011 at 01:56 AM ·


my fiddle loves open A string and another A  on the E string,

it sounds.....very very harmonic when it's played with double stop,

just my two cents.

February 17, 2011 at 09:08 AM ·

Double stop: G on D the string and G on the A string...magical.

February 17, 2011 at 01:42 PM ·

The low A (1st finger) on the G string, with a slow vibrato! Magical resonance, just melts into the air!

February 17, 2011 at 03:02 PM ·

 G on the D string.  : )

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