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Strange issue when bowing close to the fingerboard
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February 21, 2013 - 1:37 pm
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I'm not sure if there's something that I am doing wrong while practicing but when I bow close to the fingerboard my strings start sounding very strange.  I know that the tone is supposed to change but it's almost as if there is something interfering with them.  They sound about a 1/4 step flat and really just generally awful if I go near that area.  I just did a quick test to verify but it seems like it's mainly the D and the A string that do this.  I'll try to post up a quick audio recording for an example.  Is this normal or could my strings be going bad already/have something on them?  Just got them about a week ago, they're Evah Pirazzi's on there now.  Thanks :)

 

 

Can't seem to get it to not auto play :( , sorry about that...

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February 21, 2013 - 2:38 pm
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It sounds like you might be dragging a string with another finger. Also, Insure that your bow stroke is not sliding up and down the string. Watch yourself in a mirror to see if your bow stroke does track in a somewhat straight line perpendicular to the strings. You also might be rotating the bow slightly and only grabbing with a few hairs.

 

Try to give your bow a really good rosin coat and see if it changes. You will need to wipe the strings and face of your bow/finger board when you're done. Just make sure to not use alcohol. It will damage the violin finish.

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February 21, 2013 - 3:04 pm
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Thanks very much for the advice!  I checked everything out and it seems like it's mostly my own fault lol.  My bow does tend to want to drift and when I pay very close attention focusing on it, I do also tend to twist the bow so the hair is facing the fingerboard...  Put more rosin on and that also cleared the tone up a bit so I guess I've just got a lot to work on haha.  Thanks again :)

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February 21, 2013 - 9:12 pm
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AS I have learned from the good folks here, watch your bow pressure. You can see how applying a little more pressure can even the tone out, but also make it louder. Keeping an even pressure (until wanted) is just one of those things you learn by playing. long slow bow strokes (full length) at an constant rate of speed will help with that.

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