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E string dull notes
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February 24, 2018 - 12:15 pm
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On my E string low F and both C are dull and subdued. The other notes ring out well. Is this normal? Have you noticed anything like it?

Truth be told, I've never really liked either the F or the C notes. I think that Eb is the prettiest sounding note.


February 24, 2018 - 1:31 pm
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Hello MrYikes (and others).  How low is the nut action on the E string side?  From what I have read, you should only have enough room to put a credit card between the fingerboard and the string.  The E string is under a lot of tension and if the nut is high you might not be able to press the string down hard enough on the notes near the nut if the nut action is high.  

I am confused on your reference to the Eb note.  I am at a loss on how you could obtain a Eb on the E string (unless you de-tuned the E string to Eb).  If you can obtain a good E# on the E string, my thought on nut height goes out the window.

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February 24, 2018 - 2:29 pm
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I don't think he's referring to Eb on the E string, just Eb in general. But you can get one playing an octave up (3rd position with stretched 4th finger, or 4th through 7th positions without stretching), or two octaves up (which, yes, does appear in quite a bit of violin music).


February 24, 2018 - 6:22 pm
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Thank you AndrewH.  Makes sense now.  Getting up the neck is beyond my current technical ability.

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March 6, 2018 - 1:10 pm
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I haven't witnessed that yet but I'll check that when I think about it. 🙂

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