Once, the concertmaster of a fairly prominent symphony orchestra told me that he almost always practices with a mute now, because otherwise he cannot hear himself truly.
Years later, I realized that what he probably meant was that the muted tone forces him to listen harder. As there are fewer (if any) overtones with the mute, the violin doesn't lie.
I'm interested in your thoughts about this and the pros and cons of practicing with a mute. Do you advise this often? Have you ever been instructed to do this?
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