I have recently purchased a new violin and now in the process of breaking it in. Apart from playing the violin, is there a particular method in breaking the violin in. At the moment, I am playing Dvorak's 4 Romantic Pieces Op.75 which has a combination of long legato and fast staccato stuff. What should one play to break a violin in? Also I live in high density housing and practice with a metal practice mute, will this affect the sound of the violin if I am to break the violin in?
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