hearing notes that I'm not playing
wasn't sure which category to put this one in.
anyway, I was playing on the e string yesterday (just in third position, nothing fancy) and I could very clearly hear the notes I was playing but an octave lower. I have heard about things similar to this happening but have never experienced it myself and was curious about what causes it and how this could be the first time I've noticed it despite having played on the e string thousands of times before
Does this happen
-I haven't tried that
Do you have a guitar or other string instrument sitting in the same room? If tuned to the same frequency, their string will resonate - one of the tricks dealers use to sell you a violin!
I do, but the guitar has been there for the four years that I've been playing and I've never noticed this before. I'm also pretty certain that the source of the lower note was from my violin
Anna, you could look up "tartini tones", and decide whether or not this might be applicable.
Rocky has a valid point. I have a bunch of acoustic guitars on stands in my practice space. I often hear them resonate when I practice.
Anna, I was not clear: my 5 questions were meant to be 5 "tests", rather than five possible solutions.
if it was a combination tone, wouldn't that be only possible if I was playing a double stop?
Anna, every note on a violin involves combination tones, not only from the multiple tones of the string itself, but also from the multiple tones of the body and air resonances of that thing the strings are attached to.
Yes, and even in double-stops, these "Tartini" tones are produced in our ear itself, or in a microphone, circuit or speaker, but not in the space where we play! It's not just the psychological wishful thinking that David outlines, but a form of physical distortion of the combined tones.
Not hearing notes you are playing - the sub-middle C notes on the violin that aren't really there. You can check this out for yourself by playing the first half dozen notes on the G string fairly strongly, and recording the sound with an app that can display a spectrogram and spectrum analysis on playback. You don't need anything exotic for this - the free Audacity app does it very nicely.
The sound post from my son's violin fell off once. It resulted that some note he played sounded octave lower as well. I have checked on our tuner.
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