I've been using heavy mute, the metal one coated in rubber lately because I've decided to go for quick practices on the go while I'm studying for exams.
I'm finding that the violin tone sounds different, flatter in a way, but in tune, just sounds bad after using the mute.
After a week of practicing with mute on, I brought my violin to my office today and played for a colleague who's been bugging me to do so, the violin really did not sound good. It just sounded really bad.
Discouraged, I practiced without the mute all day, and it sounds "normal" now after few hours of practice.
Do others feel effects of heavy mute on their violin, or would it be because mute allows clumsier bowing and I got clumsier over the past week?
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