Tuning the violin is a specialized skill that is learned in several stages and doesn’t typically start until a student has been playing for at least a year.
Is a peg just a peg? Not really!
We spend a lot of time thinking about the best violin to buy, or the best bow or case, but sometimes we forget the smaller features of our violins, such as our tuning pegs. Our violin pegs are important because they keep our strings at the right tension to stay in tune while we’re playing.
Oh “snap”! Don’t you hate to hear that pop of a string breaking in the middle of performing? It can hurt too, if it pops backwards and smacks your face!
Now you have to change your string, and do it quickly so you can get it tuned and return to playing. Yikes!
You’re usually going to have to leave the stage if you’re in the middle of performing, get an extra string from your case back stage, remove the broken string and put on the new one, get it tuned, and then return back to stage as quietly as possible to find your place in the music and resume playing.
The Violin is one of the most popular instruments in the String family. There are more violinists used in symphony orchestras, chamber orchestras and other ensembles than any other stringed instrument.
January 2016 started with some pretty unfriendly travel experiences for at least 2 classical musicians that had planned on flying with their instruments.
Although he had purchased a ticket for himself and one for his cello, when he got to the WestJet flight, they told him that he couldn’t bring his cello on board the plane; even though had had already paid for the ticket.