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did i mess up my bow?
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jasiones
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December 31, 2012 - 10:39 am
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So i'm new to the violin (in case anyone hasnt read my introduction) and i got an electric violin for xmas.  I dont know if it's because my violin is out of tune or I messed up my bow hairs but when I slide my bow across the E string it's extremely scratchy...it sounds like fingernails on a chalk board.  it seems to sound like that in the middle section of the bow and has decent sound towards the tips

 

thought it would be my bow, but on all the other strings it sounds decent all the way though.   Do i need to get my bow checked out or is it a rosin/tuning issue?

 

I was thinking of getting fiddlerman's carbon fiber bow from the fiddlershop anyway, so it may be a good excuse to purchase it =)

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Your bow might not have enough rosin out all the way to the ends but thats not really the issue here.. If you do not have an electronic tuner handy you can use the tuner here to get your instrument  in tune properly, just match the tones..Im thinking the main issue is where you are drawing the bow across the strings, it should be between the end of the fingerboard and the bridge, I tend to favor the fingerboard side of the center. Anywhere else it will be scratchy/nasally nasty sounding..Bowing properly takes practice, lots of practice. You are just starting your journey, give it a month or 2 to develop..Reward yourself with a cool new carbon fiber bow from fiddlerman.com when your happy with where your bowing has advanced to.. Happy fiddling and have fun with it, always...Paul

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December 31, 2012 - 11:22 am
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It could be that you don't have the proper amount of rosin or the tension correct on the hairs or the way you are bowing.  when first applied, the rosin is very glossy and needs to be roughed up a bit with a key, knike, sand paper, or anything to get the gloss off of the rosin. Now that the rosin cake is ready you will need to rosin the bow for about fifteen minutes the first time and from then on a few passes and you'll be good to go.  Now the tension on the bow, given that when the hairs are loose they will be touching the stick, tighten the bow until a pencil can fit between the hair and the stick.

 

Fiddlerman has a good video on this.

 

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jasiones
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December 31, 2012 - 11:55 am
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thanks..most likely a rosin and technique issue.  I did scratch my rosin to get all that gloss off but didnt rosin the bow for 15 minutes..more like 1 at the most haha.

 

I did however end up purchasing my CF bow on fiddlershop because I just want it! I got a cheap amp and will try to find a tuner somewhere for my electric. I will take a few violin lessons once I get my amp to get feed back if I'm doing what i learned on fiddlerman correctly!

 

thanks for the help all! i really love this site and glad I saw a review on amazon directing me here!

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http://www.seventhstring.com/t.....tuner.html

 

here is an online tuner. Just plug your violin into you mic ack on PC and you're ready to go or ir you have an amp just use the mic on the PC.

 

Try to first tune by ear using Fiddlermans tuner and see how close you get. In time you won't need an electroniuc tuner and in more time no tuner at all.

 

http://fiddlerman.com/fiddle-l.....ine-tuner/

 

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