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I was really looking forward to my practice tonight given that I had had good results yesterday with a modified bow hold. I was disappointed, however, because for some reason my violin just didn't sound right. It just sounded dull.
I tried adjusting my position, adjusting the shoulder rest, cleaning the strings, putting on more rosin, and then wiping off rosin with a cloth. Nothing seemed to help.
Now, we did get quite a bit of rain last night and today, after it had been very dry for an extended time.
Do you think the weather had an effect on my violin or the rosin? Or do you think it was something that I was doing or not doing (especially given that it was the end of a long work day and I was tired)?
The weather definitely affects the sound of the violin. When it is too dry you want to get some humidity in the air and when it is too humid you want to have a humidifier if possible for best results. The latter is obviously a more difficult problem to solve.
how was your strings? Strangely with all the rain (still raining as I write this) my strings have stabilized 100%. I check them and for the last 3 days they were in tune needing a very slight micro tuning on the D. It's weird since for 2 weeks and more I needed to tune it all the time.
It was my turn tonight, with 87% humidity and rains for days and days the violin was sounding horrible. I tried with less rosin, more rosin, cleaned the strings, nothing was helping and that was dissapointing because I was practicing Brahm's Lullaby and it went very well… if not for the horrible dull and grindy sounds
No Oliver but it was not sounding like that when the weather was normal. There is a clear difference and not a positive one and I don't have anything that could get rid of the build up humidity.
Just to help calm your worries NV, You are correct in saying that the instrument is affected by weather. No question about it.
I think that Oliver is just trying to point out that technique can overcome a lot of that.
This will come with time but you are right to feel like the sound is worse with the humid, rainy weather.
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