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Problem playing A string
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Don K
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July 12, 2017 - 9:08 pm
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My A string has a very narrow play area. Outside of this area it screeches or is off key. I dont have a problen with other strings. What can I do?

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I was having a similar issue with my A string. The intonation didn't seem right and I couldn't slur notes cleanly on it (it was buzzing). My problem ended up being rosin buildup on the string, as soon as I gave the strings a good cleaning it was back to normal. The other strings had a little rosin buildup too, but only the A was effected. Now I wipe them down every day.

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I second what @RCall says...Also you can experiment with bow speed...quicker near the fretboard and slower near the bridge...or change the string if it is old, dead or faulty...

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Don K said
My A string has a very narrow play area. Outside of this area it screeches or is off key. I dont have a problen with other strings. What can I do?  

I agree with Hermes that it could be a dead string. Tell us more about your instrument.

I've experienced this with old strings or new strings that are faulty.

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