About a year ago I read a short report stating that researchers found that audiences are much more tolerant to notes played sharp than to notes played flat.
I began to experiment and found that "playing sharp" did usually give better results. Indeed, we might often fall short of some big stretch or otherwise fall out of position.
By "playing sharp" I mean aiming for the notes just a whisper too high and perhaps rolling back into pitch.
Too bad I could not find the original report. However, I actually stumbled on a parallel world. Singers.
There are far more sites dealing with vocal intonation, etc. than for violin and the musical consequences are surprisingly similar.
I was amazed to read about a common reprimand by choral directors , "Land your notes on top of the pitch" !!! (Small world!)
I'm convinced about the results here and it might be worthwhile for beginners to try.
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