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How often do violin strings break?
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jaden moody
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I have played the guitar for awhile, and the strings on a electric guitar break quite often.  But how often do violin strings break, also strings for a guitar are only three dollars.  Why are violin strings forty dollars?

 

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It depends on the frequency of use and quality of the strings, really. For me, I play 4-5 hours a week, and use steel plated strings @ $5.00 a set, which leads to breakage every 3-4 weeks, but only on the E or A strings. Thankfully, the e string costs like, 2/5ths of a dollar and the A, 3/5ths. I also tune/pizzicato a lot, so that can be a factor. At $40, you probably are buying high-grade strings already, so I suggest looking around at your local violin store. And btw, I use Fernando strings, so I guess that explains the price amuse

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Hey Daniel,

I clicked on your Facebook link and it said page not found. You will have to go in and edit the link. It puts double http://facebook.com/http://www.....cebook.com...

I had the same trouble with mine, just delete the first domain name and save. I have read some WWII books about the Philippines, Bataan, Corrigador, Mindanao, The Battle of Leyte Gulf, McAurther wading ashore. Fascinating country.

 

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Done, and thanks for the info. Dratted link was up for several months now and I didn't know that that was the case. I'm glad you like what you read about our country. Oh yeah, welcome to fiddlerman.com 🙂

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Well Jaden, I hear ya on electric guitar strings I break them all the time. I've been playing guitar 30 plus years. I've been playing an entry level Cecilio violin for less than 2 weeks now as a beginner but have been practicing 4-8 hours every single day and I don't think you have to worry about breaking violin strings too often at all. Of course, unless you are experimenting with other tunings outside of GDAE.

 

Man I beat the hell out of my classical guitar playing Flamenco style and never break strings on that guitar. I use 3 nylon for the higher strings on that and 3 steel for the lower. What came with my violin was steel strings.

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Really don't have to worry much about breaking strings on a violin. I guess the strings are less sensitive than guitar because they are shorter. The only strings that I break are the E and A for the most part and rarely the A. If I change the E string every 2 months I don't have to worry about breaking strings. In a way I think that having extra strings with you at all times is like bringing an umbrella when you think that it might rain. It's an insurance that it won't, but if you don't bring that umbrella what happens??????????confused

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luminiz
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Funny i always used to think that violin strings needed to "break" in before resonating the optimal sound

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LOL, luminiz dunno

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i havent had the misfortune...yet

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