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I've started playing violin again about 2/3 weeks ago and have really been enjoying it because of how quickly I've picked it up again. My intonation is still a little out at times, but I've gotten so much control over my bow and am really enjoying learning techniques that I have never learnt before!
Buuuttt, sometimes my E string sounds a little off? It's not exactly screechy (although that happens sometimes if I don't bow quite right lol) but it's sort of whiny when hitting above an a flat or a and is really quite bad when hitting b flat, b or c and I am now avoiding using the E string if I can help it! What are some good quality strings that don't cost an arm and a leg? I have a feeling it is the strings and not the bow as they aren't that great of quality and it's only the E string that sounds off sometimes, and I can never get it to sound like it should (that beautiful, graceful sound a violin should have)
The better the strings the better the sound for sure but one could have the most expensive strings and it still can sound like crap. I was struggling with the E string and still am to some degree but it is getting better > It got better because of what Kevin is saying > bow pressure on the string. > Mad_Wed pointed out to me that I wasn't putting much pressure on the frog area when I would be hitting the E string. I took her advice and started applying more bow pressure and it is now sounding a heck of a lot better and I am having more control with the bow and the E string. I am even getting a little vibrato out of it which points at what Fiddlestix said about pressure on the finger board.
I think I may have also been having an off day myself, it seemed a little better today but still definitely not how I think it should!
Thank you for the advice on the strings Fiddlerman! I didn't even know there were different tensions, so I'll be sure to have a look around at those strings you mentioned. I think soon enough I'll be changing all of my strings, so do you recommend the Kaplan or Pirastro brand for the others too? I'm sorry when I was younger I didn't really think about changing strings unless one broke, so I'm very unfamiliar with brands and what-not!
Thanks everyone, I desperately needed a new set so went to the music shop and of the 15 or so sets they had only one pack was a 4/4 set!! How lucky. They are just mid-range strings, nothing fancy but atleast this time I won't be desperate and can buy online now that I know the shop doesn't have a great selection!
And oh my gosh the sound is so different, but is so much better! Louder and more resonant, but understandably the old strings were very worn and were beyond shocking haha. I can't wait for these new ones to settle in and for me to adjust to them