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Rosin is a very sticky substance. Try applying it to your fingers and then try to play violin. Your fingers don't glide on the fingerboard.
The more build-up of rosin on the strings along with the rosin on the bow, it's like rubbing two pieces of sandpaper together and you get a scratchy sound when played slow. / See the look in his eyes and the frown ? Too much rosin. /
What seems to work for me is wipe the strings with a dry rag after every practice up and down the whole neck and on and around the whole violin. When you see some build up of rosin on the strings just lick the tips of a couple of your finger nails and slightly scrape the resin off that way. No need for rubbing alcohol.
Good advice, Denny, I do the same thing. The new rosin I have is a dark German rosin, sometimes I have to wipe the strings 2 or 3 times during a session.
I'm kinda thinking I wasted my money on it. Although I should give it more of a chance, i''m used to the old dark rosin which is actually harder than the new stuff. I probably shouldn't rosin as much.
I agree with the idea of wiping off violin and strings after practice. If the strings get too much rosin on them the sound changes ( gets even worse). I don't like getting alcohol any where near a Violiln. A dry rag is good enough if you do it often. If you want a good reason to put on new strings then use stuff on a rag.
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