I received my first violin yesterday (I bought the one Fiddlerman is reviewing here ), tuned it (broke the G string…YES! )
It sounds great, just like the video, getting a decent sound from "Twinkle Twinkle Little Star." However, I am finding that I have to reapply the rosin every 5-10 minutes of practicing. If I don't, the E string stops producing sound and the others become very breathy. I followed the instructions that came with the violin on how to prime the rosin and applied the first coating for about 15 minutes.
Any ideas on what I could do? Is there a problem with my bow or a problem with the rosin?
You broke the G string? are you Hulk or something? lol it's probably the most solid of the strings! Reapply more rosin hehe, in a couple days your bow will have a solid base and less will be needed. Anyway it worked for me.
First of all Dash.. welcome to the Fiddlerman forum.
I'm not sure how you're applying your rosin, but you should take a piece of sandpaper and scuff up the surface of the rosin. Make it kinda powdery and keep rubbing the bow to the rosin for several minutes. The E string is notorius for not holding rosin, as it is a smooth piece of wire, you need plenty of rosin to get it to adhere to that particular string.
When I clean my strings, it takes a bit to get the rosin applied evenly to the E string. Don't worry to much about putting too much rosin on the bow in the beginning, it will scrape off while you play. There's nothing wrong with the bow, it may be cheap but it will work just fine for you.
There is no rosin what so ever when you get your Cecilio bow. Their rosin is mighty cheep too, it takes a lot to get the bow good and rosined up for the first time especially with that blonde Cecilio rosin. I like dark rosins the best I think… You should talk to FM on that to get a good rosin.
You snapped your G-string Sounds like maybe you were tuning way too high past the correct tone?
Welcome to the forum Dashrem,
Yes the dark Kaplan is good stuff. I use the Andrea Solo Viola rosin but there are so many good rosins out there.
Could be many reasons for that string breaking and the one to look out for the most is a sharp edge by the nut. Make sure there is none or your next string may soon break as well.
Good luck with your learning
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