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rotex13
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Why I'm always producing a screeching sound when I'm on 3rd position? and I feel that I'm touching the G and A string instead of D? pls help

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Daniel
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How close is your bow to the bridge? Sometimes when it's too close, it's harder to vibrate and needs more pressure. And about the strings, what does your bridge look like? Sometimes secondhand violins have sanded bridges that the previous owner customized.

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I always bow near at the finger board to have a softer sound( I don't want to rape my neighbors LOL), I don't know if my bridge is customized.

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rotex13

My guess.

When you go to third position you may be losing control for a straight bow.  Watch your bow strokes.  Posture will not be as comfortable as first position and you must pay attention.

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Doesn't look sanded to me, so I think Oliver's right. I used that bridge before and I found it was pretty soft, so in about 5-6 months watch the E string cause it will eat into the bridge.(which is why people sand them Wink)

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Great advise from everyone,

The closer you play to the bridge, the more pressure you must apply as Daniel said. Playing closer to the bridge will enable you to miss the other strings easier. You need real precision to miss the strings on both sides. Usually comes automatically with time. Practice a D major scale on the D-string only looking at the bow contact while doing so. If you feel brave you can stretch the 4th finger to hit the octave D. Play the scale every so often to establish the proper angle to avoid the other strings. It seems as though you are moving along very ambitiously by playing positions in your 3rd week.Laugh

As far as the bridge being soft, most professional violinists have a parchment (drum-skin for example) glued on the bridge under the E-string so that it won't cut through too much. My luthier inserted bone in the bridge under the E string.
I don't think that you need to worry about that for the moment.

 

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Thanks for your advice everyone!

 

 

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