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Creaking sound when playing
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October 27, 2017 - 4:22 am
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I'm finally home after my vacation and I played my violin again after nearly 3 weeks of not practicing. I'm a bit sluggish in my movements but otherwise the practice went ok I think. However one problem I have is creaking sound (grincement in french not sure if creaking is the right translation for this) when I play. I had this problem at the beginning when I was playing but it stopped after 4-5 months practice (I don't really know what I did for it to stop but it did). Now this problem is starting again and I would like to identify the problem rather than continue practice until it's gone like last time. I must add that I don't have this creaking sound problem when I play with my electric violin.(using same bow for both violins) The creaking is most noticeable when I play long notes.

Do not practice until you get it right, practice until you can't get it wrong.

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Do you mean it sounds like the violin itself is creaking, the wood somewhere, or that the strings have an unpleasant sound? If you're willing to post a video of you showing us a demo of your issue, we can help you work through it 😀

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October 27, 2017 - 10:59 am
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Could it be your shoulder rest?  My Bon Musica does it when I sometimes press down too hard with my chin causing it to flex.  That's why I have gone back to my FM rest.

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I am wondering if it is that "scratchy" sound beginners get when they go too slow and too heavy on the bowing. It is something I remember mastering when I took lessons as a child. It had a lot to do with tension I believe! I am very relaxed with the bow now and can't reproduce the scratchy sound unless I allow myself to get too tired! At that point I quit and put the violin away. I am not sure exactly what the reason is for the beginner scratchy sound but it seems to pass as you get comfortable and relaxed with your instrument, so my best guess is tension.

"Reality is an illusion, albeit a persistent one".- Albert Einstein 

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A really great approach I found online regarding this is to learn how to produce the bad sounds on purpose 🙂 Once you 'master' the bad noises you will know exactly what you are doing wrong when you here something like that and it's only a matter of pinpointing its location and trying to eliminate it.. 

Here's a 'good' video on the subject.. if you manage to ignore the advertisement :))) (skip ahead to 2 min)

 

Another thing that caused it for me at the beginning and probably isn't mentioned here is cheap quality rosin that built up on the cheap strings and it got really thick to the point that I literally had to 'scratch' it off with a rag as wiping no longer had an effect.. Once I cleaned the strings the sound was way better.

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