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Shawrma2
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I am having problems tuning the E string.. I get to a D note and become afraid to twist the peg even more because I sense it will break, and this has happened with me a lot. Any suggestions? 

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Iget mine close and use the fine tuner from F# to E. just dont over tighten.

With violins there is no fretting over the music.

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@OO. if you go from F# back to E, you've already overtuned. I think you meant, D# to E.

Maybe........ 

 

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Yep Brain Fart  D# to E. always up never down.. 🙂

With violins there is no fretting over the music.

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Hold the violin so that you can hear the tone while turning the peg. Be careful not to over tighten as mentioned above. E strings don't tolerate that.

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The string is not suppose to break > it will if you are an octave higher than you should be. That will snap it for sure.

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You can use a bit of peg compound to make the peg turn easier. 

 
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Yes Peg Compound is magical. 🙂

http://fiddlershop.com/hill-pe.....pound.html

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Thanks everyone 🙂

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20150726_1219281-1.jpgImage EnlargerI use a tuner app on my phone to get the actual frequency in Hertz along with the letter.

By doing it with a number you will be assured of not going too high.

I back off the fine tuner completely and then just tighten it up enough to touch the adjuster foot. Then adjust the peg to achieve something close. Your fine tuner will adjust at least a full 3-4 notes on the E string so getting within a couple of notes is fine.

Watching that frequency number is really calming as you know it won't be higher than you need.

For the Android phones it's called "G Strings"

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Great app. Thanks for sharing. 🙂

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With a new E string, I usually tune to a little above E, like F or F# then drop it down to D# or D and bring it up to pitch.  (As has already been mentioned, you always tune strings up to pitch, ever down) I feel that going a little above first helps to get the string "stretched in" a little sooner. 

Been playing violin for over 3 yrs now, and I have yet to break a string putting them on or playing.  I have had one string break while the instrument was in the case and it was one of the wound ones.

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