I am a newbie that has been playing for around 6 months now and have been struggling with tuning.
When I tune my instrument, I noticed that the tuning varies depending on my aggressiveness with the bow.
This has been an issue and I thought I was going crazy. Then I stumbled on the Fiddlerman YouTube explanation yesterday.
I have been using the D'Addario steel-core strings for beginners since I am low-down cheap. Looks like I got what I paid for.......
So, I just ordered a set of Fiddlerman synthetic core strings.
To all you other newbies out there, I would recommend steering away from steel-core strings as soon as your ears start playing games with you.
FIDDLERMAN- thanks so much for your advise- you are greatly appreciated.
Yep, steel strings are extremely sensitive to small changes in tension and don't stretch like gut or synthetic strings.
For the same reason, it's extremely hard to tune steel strings with pegs alone. This is why everyone (except baroque players who use gut strings) keeps an E string fine tuner even if not using fine tuners on other strings. As far as I know there are no synthetic E strings.
Fan Tao the string designer with daddario is interviewed in the link. probably more than wanted info on strings but the discussion about the "non-whistling" Kaplan Amo E kinda neat.
I believe synthetic-core strings are definitely the way to go!
Just a note - some E strings can be very shrill (and whistle). I've tried different sets of strings as well as many individual ones, but I haven't tried a full 4/4 set of FM strings (do have a 1/2 size set for grandkids).
If you have any issues with the E string, I recommend trying the Pirastro Gold Label E - really nice tone with no shrill sound or whistle. Never heard anyone say anything bad about this string and you don't need people running out of the room when you're starting out (lol)!
As far as I know there are no synthetic E strings.
I don’t recall ever seeing a steel E string in any description of strings, either.
I suppose you mean anything other than steel?
The good thing about the fine tuner on the E string is that it's the only one I can reach with my left hand without the violin flying across the room.