FORUM

Check out our Forum Rules. Lets keep this forum an enjoyable place to visit.

A A A
Avatar
Please consider registering
guest
sp_LogInOut Log In sp_Registration Register
Register | Lost password?
Advanced Search
Forum Scope




Match



Forum Options



Minimum search word length is 3 characters - maximum search word length is 84 characters
sp_Feed Topic RSS sp_TopicIcon
Tone production
Topic Rating: 0 Topic Rating: 0 Topic Rating: 0 Topic Rating: 0 Topic Rating: 0 Topic Rating: 0 (0 votes) 
Avatar
Gordon Shumway
London, England
Honorary tenured advisor
Members

Regulars
February 27, 2019 - 7:27 am
Member Since: August 1, 2016
Forum Posts: 643
sp_UserOfflineSmall Offline

I've been spending quite a lot of time working on tone production (bow speed, position, pressure). It's interesting how every string is different, and how your technique on every string develops differently (they came with the violin. I assume they are Tonicas, and I assume the E string is wound). 5 months ago I was bowing everything (wrongly) sul tasto thinking it sounded sweet. In those days I hated my A string. My E string never whistled, so that was fine. Letting rip on the G string was a good confidence booster. That was then.

Nowadays I love my E string - as long as the intonation is perfect, that's all that matters. The A string is fine, although perhaps a little bit powerful if I don't control it. The G string is still good, although getting a good note started immediately is sometimes tricky - gauging the right amount of pressure.

But I don't like my D string yet. I don't know why. Maybe it's because it's neither an A string nor a G string (lol), maybe the soundpoint needs careful control - should it be a little bit closer to the fingerboard like the G string? Maybe it just sounds thin compared with the powerful A string. This is too vague for me to expect advice, and everything will change over time anyway. Actually, my D string sounds better in 3rd position than in 1st position. I wonder if that means something?

I've begun vibrato. I spent 6 months learning vibrato on the oboe and so I expect to spend 6 months learning it on violin, but those slow exercises bending the first joint of your finger are not so easy with arthritis, so I may tell my teacher she'll just have to let me ad-lib that one, lol! However, exercise does alleviate arthritis, so I really should stick with it.

Learning the violin is an Odyssey.

Andrew

Avatar
Fiddlerman
Fort Lauderdale
February 28, 2019 - 5:01 pm
Member Since: September 26, 2010
Forum Posts: 14592

Do you think that it's the string, the instrument or your taste?
Working on tone production is great. Way to go!

"The richest person is not the one who has the most,
but the one who needs the least."

Avatar
Gordon Shumway
London, England
Honorary tenured advisor
Members

Regulars
March 1, 2019 - 7:51 am
Member Since: August 1, 2016
Forum Posts: 643
sp_UserOfflineSmall Offline

Fiddlerman said
Do you think that it's the string, the instrument or your taste?
Working on tone production is great. Way to go!  

I haven't reached any conclusions. I'm just going to work on it and assume it will all sound different in a few months' time.

Andrew

Avatar
Fiddlerman
Fort Lauderdale
March 1, 2019 - 6:28 pm
Member Since: September 26, 2010
Forum Posts: 14592

Looking forward to the update then. 🙂

"The richest person is not the one who has the most,
but the one who needs the least."

Avatar
Pete_Violin
Utah
Honorary advisor
Members

Regulars
March 3, 2019 - 3:26 am
Member Since: March 25, 2018
Forum Posts: 307
sp_UserOfflineSmall Offline

I have my favorite strings.  And my E string is on the list of favorites.  

My G string is sometimes raspy sounding. It is my fingering and my elbow position that are the culprits.  If my elbow is not over to the right enough I won't press down well enough on that string   so I am working on that. 

My E string sounds beautiful!  I can play it so perfectly!  

My A string is my solid friend... always there when I need it.  Always reliable.  

My D string is my foundation, my rock.

I love everything about my violin! It is my best friend!

- Pete -

Forum Timezone: America/New_York
Most Users Ever Online: 424
Currently Online:
97
Guest(s)
Currently Browsing this Page:
1 Guest(s)
Members Birthdays
sp_BirthdayIcon
Today None
Upcoming Killerkhezu, Ferret, HDuaneaz, vibaviattigala, BillyG, rsmith6322, zpilot, Rafael Gonzales, ACDSherlockian, NiloiV, jose6ph, Kody
Top Posters:
Mad_Wed: 2849
Barry: 2673
Fiddlestix: 2647
Oliver: 2439
DanielB: 2379
Kevin M.: 1969
damfino: 1933
cdennyb: 1814
TerryT: 1726
Ferret: 1575
Member Stats:
Guest Posters: 3
Members: 25861
Moderators: 0
Admins: 8
Forum Stats:
Groups: 16
Forums: 58
Topics: 7974
Posts: 99423
Newest Members:
fieldschuryic, Elanachuryic, JamesOceaf, SeetteRecycic, srtbirdseystewa, Maesafae
Administrators: Fiddlerman: 14592, KindaScratchy: 1737, coolpinkone: 4169, BillyG: 2963, MrsFiddlerman: 1, Jimmie Bjorling: 0, SimplePressHelp: 0, peopleshost: 0