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Need advice on a new E string
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Ferret
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I have bought a set of Larsen Virtuoso strings and like them very much.

They, to a great degree, have eliminated a problem that my Raggetti and I have always had with the A string. (Particularly with the D on it)

But now I am attempting to learn a tune that uses a lot of E string. It's not that the Larsens have a 'bad' E but still being a novice on the violin I'm looking for the most 'forgiving' E that I can find.

Can anyone recommend an E string that may make things a little easier

Any input appreciated

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play the viola...eliminates that pesky E..lol. but then the A sounds funny. I went through so many E's its not funny. I have enough used E's that I can say that in the end it mostly comes down to technique. I think, and Im no expert which is why I rarely offer critic, that a good sounding E is achieved by realizing its different from your other strings. Of course its higher, but its also not wound . The winding on your A-D-G strings have the added effect of damping. The E lacking this can sound shrill. I suggest treating the E differently (its what I do) and experiment with different bow pressures as well as bow angle. I tilt my bow on the E at times

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@Barry That's exactly what my grandson did. I asked him why he chose the viola instead of the violin and he said that he can't stand the sound of a violin E string.

@Ferret There are a lot of people who favor the D'Addario Kaplan non-whispering/non-whistling E string. I have one, but haven't put it on yet to test it out. Another highly regarded E string is the Pirastro Gold. I just received a new set of Obligatos in the mail and that set included a Pirastro Gold E so I'll be testing that out pretty soon as well. There's also the Jargar Dolce, which many people like.

Here's a video about the string:

And for a more down home version:

Here's a comparison of some E strings:

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Fiddlerman
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May 15, 2014 - 3:00 pm
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I hesitate to give a suggestion because I know what a fantastic set of strings you are now playing on.
I believe you'll have to do a bit of experimenting to find the perfect partner.

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On the 3rd video. I.liked the d'daddario string.
Is.it just me or were all his last notes slightly flat?

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I haven't tried a lot of E strings, but my favourite one is from the Zyex set.

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Fiddlerman
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May 16, 2014 - 7:28 am
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TerryT said

On the 3rd video. I.liked the d'daddario string.
Is.it just me or were all his last notes slightly flat?

I don't like to criticize since he didn't post his video under "critique corner" but in a sense you are right Terry, but not entirely. His last note is a harmonic which is pretty close to the pitch of his open E string. Most of his other notes are high so by the time he hits the harmonic, it seems flat when in fact he is off on the previous notes. The thing is that he is not consistent either.

I suppose it would have been good for him to use those strings for a while as well and give us his personal verdict on which strings worked best for him and why....
How many people actually make that kind of purchase and take the time to change the E string that many times just to find out which string will work???

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Ah-ha. Thanks FM.
A "harmonic"in the sense that the finger touches the string without applying so much that a stopped note is played?

Ok. I just took time out to watch your Harmonic tutorial
Learn to play harmonics on the violin.m4v:

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