Is this dark?

November 8, 2021, 5:23 AM · I was just playing a melody that had been haunting me for some time, and it struck me that my violin sounded a bit like...well, a viola?

...

I don't know whether it's my imagination, but I think my violin has a darker and more throaty tone than most.

Here is a recording I'd like for you to listen to and tell me whether I'm imagining things or not:

https://voca.ro/1jDsbT4nN8hV

PS:
I humbly ask that you pardon my transgressions (poor intonation and whatnot): I am but an amateur.

Replies (8)

Edited: November 8, 2021, 7:14 AM · My violin teacher's violin (at least, the one he teaches with) has a tone like this. Kind of viola-like. I like it.
November 8, 2021, 9:22 AM · I think it may be hard to tell on this kind of recording but I also really love violins with more of a viola like sound. The person who sits behind me in orchestra has a voilin with a viola like deep resonant tone and I am envious. I have no idea the reasons or technical terms which i'm sure many in this group will be more helpful with.
November 8, 2021, 11:24 AM · I think you may be too close to the microphone? I can hear the dark sound but its difficult to really assess because of the scratches. Put the recorder at least 2 yds away.

And it sounds nice :)

November 8, 2021, 2:07 PM · Sounds like a pretty normal violin, to me.
But no one can even start to know the sound of a violin from a recording, unless they know the complete recording and playback paths, including every piece of equipment involved, the settings of the equipment, the inherent equipment biases, and where the microphones and the player were placed in the room.
November 9, 2021, 6:07 AM · I used my phone's microphone to record the sound.

You're right about me being too close to the microphone, Elise. I kept it right next to me.

I'm sorry, but I'm not really familiar with yards, so I just increased the distance to something like 2 metres and did another recording.

It sounds a lot clearer now.

https://voca.ro/1i5FL2PEvyTX

PS: Thanks for the compliment. You have no idea how much it means for an amateur to hear that his playing sounds 'nice'. :)

November 9, 2021, 9:18 AM · "Thanks for the compliment. You have no idea how much it means for an amateur to hear that his playing sounds 'nice'."

Oh YES I do! LOL

November 9, 2021, 4:51 PM · Sounds pretty normal, but you really need to play with more weight in the bow (or "pressure" depending on your perceptions). I think a lot of the throatiness comes from not fully engaging the string with each stroke and maintaining that pressure through the entirety of the stroke.
November 9, 2021, 9:44 PM · 'Sounds pretty normal, but you really need to play with more weight in the bow (or "pressure" depending on your perceptions).'

Now that you mention it, Erik, I actually don't apply much pressure on my bow, unless I want to be particularly loud.

'I think a lot of the throatiness comes from not fully engaging the string with each stroke and maintaining that pressure through the entirety of the stroke.'

Ah...I see.

I'm definitely going to try using more bow pressure and maintaining it. In fact, I think I'll do some other experiments while I'm at it.


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