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THE INSTRUMENT.
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Compass of the violin.
The compass of the violin extends over about 41/2 octaves. In the orchestra to this extent at most:
pitch, let it so remain for a few seconds and then lower it to the correct pitch. If too sharp, reverse the process. Only the A must be taken from a keyboard instrument, the fifths on the keyboard being not quite perfect, but "tempered". Perfect fifths can only be obtained by a good deal of practice. Advanced students may test the tuning quietly by taking any two adjacent strings (with the little finger equally on both) in harmonics, or by beating lightly with the stick on the string. In the course of a piece, if even this is not possible, a slight pressure above the nut will sharpen a string, tugging it between nut and bridge will flatten; but this must only be regarded as a temporary expedient. Tr.
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