I think this is somewhat similar to asking the question of the advantage/disadvantage of practicing on acoustic violin with a mute on.
As the summer approaches, I must prepare to travel for work, air traveling included.
I currently do have an excellent violin, and after going through several cycles of "second" violin, I decided to just stick with what I have, and put a mute on if I am practicing at night(or go somewhere acoustically isolated). In order to save myself a headache with insurance and etc. I am considering just having my violin safekept at someone I trust, and (buy one then)travel with an electric violin.
I know that playing with the mute on spoils my bowing because I can get away with much clumsier bowing, and it's harder to hear bad intonation.
With my brief experiences with electric violins, I found that it certainly help me get confident at proper bowing because I am not afraid of making bad sound(fear which often itself is the cause of the bad sound), but I did notice some disadvantages as stated above.
Few things that I am aware about:
-It'll be best to have the bridge fitted on the e-violin to match the curvature, and just about all playing-related qualities to be mimicking my main violin.
-Any working Amplifier actually can make the e-violin to sound almost the same as acoustic, even the mistakes, although often people adjust the amp to make your playing sound better than it is. Although, connecting to a headset to make it sound like one through an amplifier requires a decent amp.
From your personal experience, what do you find to be (dis/)advantageous of practicing on electric violin?
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