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little mute
« on: Jan 01, 2006, 10:43:07 PM »
I have one of those big rubber mutes that goes over the whole bridge to quieten down the fiddle somewhat.  (I haven't needed to use it in a while.)  But a while ago I also picked up two of the little-itty-bitty mutes, the ones that hang out below the bridge and stay there.  I've never put them on yet. 

Now I'm wondering, are they actually for just quieting the fiddle, like the big mute?  Or, like trumpet mutes, is their purpose instead to modify the sound somehow? 
If I put one on, will it affect the sound just by sitting there? 
And, which string do they go on anyway? 
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Re: little mute
« Reply #1 on: Jan 01, 2006, 10:49:19 PM »
Tourte mutes? If so, they're used in orchestra whenever you see the directive "con sordino." They do lessen the overall volume, but nowhere near as much as a practice mute.

Mine has 2 openings, and it goes on the D and A strings.

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Re: little mute
« Reply #2 on: Jan 01, 2006, 11:00:09 PM »
I use a little Tourte mute as my practice mute.  My wife says she finds the sound muted enought to not make the hairs on the back of her neck stand up.  I tried a big wooden mute once, but I couldn't even tell what note I was playing.  I may try one of the rubber practice mutes.  Can you still hear the violin accurately enough to practice with it?

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Re: little mute
« Reply #3 on: Jan 02, 2006, 03:52:53 AM »
I may try one of the rubber practice mutes.  Can you still hear the violin accurately enough to practice with it?

Yes, the big rubber mute seems to reduces the sound without muffling - at least, on my fiddle.  Maybe makes the sound a bit thinner.  But, pretty quiet, especially when trying to play quietly with it.  If you forget about the mute & play normally, the effect - at least for me - is as if the fiddle just has less volume.  People can still hear you playing. 

(I tended to forget the thing was there, and I would put the fiddle away still wearing it.  I think that's why I got the little ones, I was afraid I was going to damage the bridge.  But then I had less need for the mute, so I never actually tried putting them on.)
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