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I'm sure this has been addressed somewhere in the forums, but I have a squeaking problem... And it seems to be on my A string, with a down bow. I believe my bow is rosin filled, and the strings are Dominants. Which leaves the player as the responsible party I need tips, help and wisdom. My poor wife puts up with the dying cat sounds but still. Thanks in advance.
Sooooo many things could be the cause.
1. Too much rosin on the string - wipe off with a dry cloth, add a bit of spit if it's really crusted on there.
2. Not bowing parallel to the bridge - practice in front of a mirror to correct your bowing.
3. Your fiddle has a narrow "sweet spot" with that particular brand of string - try moving closer to or away from the bridge and see if you can find the spot where it doesn't squeak and play there
4. Your fiddle doesn't like the Dominant A string - replace the A string with something else and see what happens.
5. Your strings could be old...
6. You're putting too much or too little pressure on the string - play around and see if you can find the correct pressure to put on your bow.
Practice, practice, practice and eventually the squeaking will go away
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