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I have a question for all Fiddlerman Concert violin owners out there. I've been playing my FC for about a month and its powerful sound has been a little harsh on my ears. I've been practicing mostly with a rubber mute or ear plugs
I don't know if this is due to my non accustomed ear to the violin sound or to the fact that the FC is a little bit louder than other violins. I'm a beginner and this is my very first violin so I have no way to compare or know.
Has this happened to any other FC owner? Is it something that changes with time? Is there anything I can do to "lower down" its volume? Change strings? Go to a luthier and change the sound post position (Pierre wouldn't like this!)?
I really like this violin and I want to make it work for me. I can keep playing with a mute or ear plugs, but I think this is detrimental to my learning experience.
It's really not detrimental to your learning experience to use a small mute such as a tourte. It's definitely a relief to your ears.
Having a powerful instrument is actually something that people strive for though I very much relate to your problem.
I suggest you try the Pro-Arte strings. If you want you can even try the light tension Pro-Arte's.
You shouldn't have the sound-post changed. If you have it shortened it could actually fall.
Hey Pierre, thanks for your suggestions. I know that having a powerful instrument is a plus, but I never thought this was going to be an issue for my ears. I truly would LOVE to enjoy its power as it is. In the meantime, I'll try the Pro-Arte strings. In an e-mail you mentioned to use a handkerchief. Where would I place it?
Thanks again for your help!
Kevin M. said
If the tone and volume is the equal across all the strings than the sound post is perfect. Check into FM's videos and watch his video on dynamics. This will teach you to play quieter.
This is my favorite video because I love the look on his face.
Hey Kevin, thanks for the video! Playing close to the fingerboard helps
The handkerchief starts under the chinrest and wraps around behind the end-button and tucks in around the shoulderrest
Don't know if that is a clear explanation or not. LOL
Thank you for the handkerchief trick! So far, I'm managing well with just one earplug in my left ear. Thanks again!