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  1. I've found a good exercise to ingrain double-stops "melodically" is to practice your scales with a 3rd, 4th, or even 6th above the scale degrees. 5ths are easy, just a "barre" finger, but they are a little too strident on the ear. This helps learning the finger "forms", or patterns, since they repeat. Definitely installs muscle memory for genres like jazz, country, bluegrass and folk. Beware, once you start playing double stops, it's hard to stop (no pun intended)! But, as a comparison, a harmonized vocal duet is so much prettier than a solo. Good luck...
  2. If I planned on performing, I would use the best-sounding instrument I could. Right now, that's a traditional wooden instrument. I view buying a Glasser because I want to carry an instrument while on vacation, etc and it might have to be left in the car while on the road while we site-see, hike, and so on. I don't want to get out of practice when I get to my destination--I would still like to have an instrument to practice on.
  3. I've found I need an arm vibrato to make my pinky bend...too much scroll shake using my wrist.
  4. I realize this is bumped up, but I still wonder--has anyone actually played a Viper, and how do you think it compares to a traditional violin--transfer of technique, etc, not electric sound. I have not, so I'm curious...
  5. Hello all, obvious new guy--hope to be able to contribute, though... But, a question: from descending a phrase of notes on the same string, as in a scale, my pinky and ring finger seem too sympathetic, or linked, with each other. Seems a finger should remain the same height above the strings independent of the adjacent fingers. But I think it's physically natural for one finger to follow the other. Ergo, pinky wants to do a 'tea-cup' point when ring finger comes off the string. It doesn't affect speed or intonation, just kind of looks like flailing. Should it matter, you think?
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