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cracking warble sound on d string
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February 1, 2015 - 5:10 pm
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What do you believe is causing this sound?  It is smooth at the fingerboard and then like this at the bridge.  Can not hear this on other strings, just the d.

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February 2, 2015 - 4:11 pm
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OMG! What a mesmerizing sound! I'd play this violin for a while, quite annoying, though! =)

Knowing that You're a very inventive person, i guess, You've checked the fine tuner (if ther's one on the D)... So i can only suggest by the sound that this is something in touch the D, that vibrates when string vibrates enough to make it appear. I'd also checked the notch in the nut and replaced the string (or at least take it off and put on again). And by saying all this i definitelly mean that i have no idea what's realy going on there, LOL!

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February 2, 2015 - 5:14 pm
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Sounds to me like you've located a spot where you can play the note plus a harmonic.

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February 4, 2015 - 3:19 pm
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Have you tried changing the string? Also sounds like from time to time you play too close to the bridge without compensating with slower speed and more pressure.
Can be a wolf but there were too many notes that sound like a wolf to make sense.

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February 4, 2015 - 10:36 pm
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The strings just doesn't have enough space to vibrate properly and you get a "cancelling wave" back when you are close to the bridge. The violin is very sensitive to vibrations as it sounds sharply on every note, and getting close to the bridge just amplifies the vibration, good or bad.

Loosen the bow hair slightly and slap on some fresh rosin and try to play with the bow hair right at the end of the fingerboard and see how good it'll sound. Bow speed has a lot to do with what you hear as well. It sounded to me like your bow speed was slow, very slow, so try it faster. Make a whole bow stroke for one or two notes at most and hear the difference. Pressure will be a factor as well as already posted.

Hard to tell accurately exactly the reason since it's only a recording and not a video to also "see" the sound being produced and how.

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February 5, 2015 - 2:48 pm
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I have a question.  It has to do with bowing by the bridge.   For whatever reason when I started my teacher would have me bow close to the bridge.  I think she was trying to get a louder sound.  ( I don't know.. as she didn't tell me).  

Anyway.. as time went on I have been told by many to play in the center from the bridge to the fingerboard... as a general statement.  Obviously when one knows where to bow for dynamics etc... there is a difference.

I have recently heard, and I was hoping for confirmation or your opinion...

In the higher positions bowing should occur close to the bridge (as a general statement)

true?  false?   

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February 21, 2015 - 10:20 pm
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Only if you can compensate for it with the proper downward pressure. Otherwise you'll just get a ponticello sound.
And yes, closer to the bridge for more volume. :)

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