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String Buzz
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damfino
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I've only been attempting to play the violin for a week now. I have the lovely FM concert violin, which I adore. It has a wonderful sound to it, even in my horrible little inexperienced hands.

So Wednesday night during my practice session, the A string took on a weird dull buzz. I thought the note had gone flat, so took out my little Snark tuner, and it said it was still in tune. 

So I wiped off the strings to clean off any rosin that had started to build up during my practice, even wiped off the bow, but the buzz is still there. I decided to blame the high humidity and oncoming thunderstorms (I needed to blame something, lol).

I'm growing used to it, but I don't really like the sound of that string now because of that weird dull buzz.

Is this a normal part of breaking in the strings? Does it mean there is a weak spot on the string (it looks fine to me)? Or am I just crazy, and this isn't even a thing? Lol

I will take my first lesson on Monday, so I can always see if the teacher hears the buzz I think I'm hearing on that string.

~ I'm not torturing cats... I'm learning to play violin! ~

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Welcome Damfino!

Do you have a fine tuner on your A string? If you do, check if any part of the fine tuner is loose, especially the screw that you tune the string. If after you tighten it, the buzz still persists, check if any of the end of your strings in the peg box are sticking out too much, touching other strings, if so, rewind or cut off the excess string. if it still persists, check if you tail piece is touching your chinrest, also check if the tail piece gut is touching anything. Then check if there's any chip on the string slot on your nut, if the slot on the bridge is too wide....

my guess is once you tighten your fine tuner, the buzz will be gone.

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Thanks for the tips 🙂 I'll give those things a look today.

~ I'm not torturing cats... I'm learning to play violin! ~

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