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Hey guys! First post of many here, I'm sure
I have a bit of an issue with my A string. when I go to play any fingered notes on the A string, I can't get it to sound quite right, it makes quite an awful squeak that isn't generally what I am wanting to get. I made sure the bow was properly rosined, the A was in tune.
It doesn't matter whether I am drawing the bow fast or slow, hard or light, I get an awful squeak. Any ideas?
cdennyb, thank you for the swift response!
I have no nylon string on the bridge, so the string makes direct contact with the bridge. I /just/ bought this violin from a friend, it belonged to his grandmother, and was quite dated, had one 'G' string. I took it to the local luthier who told me its' worth, and fixed it up, rehaired the bow, and added 4 fine tuners (at my request).
When I draw the bow, I do my best to make sure to have enough pressure, speed, and keep the bow between the bridge and the end of the fretboard. It could just be a matter of 'someone-needs-to-practice-itis', or maybe it's just a bad string, even though it was just replaced last week. I tried putting the bow at different places on the length of the string, but it didn't seem to matter. The E didn't seem to have any issues, and I am sounding better on the G and D strings, it seems to only be an issue with the A string.
Another question I have is, should I ever wipe the rosin off the strings at the bridge? And should I wipe off the bow after use?
Too many questions Thanks again!