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To quote my teacher, "collecting rosin is a cheap enough hobby."
Pierre is consistent in his praise of Sartory, so I'll try it one day.
Yay, I finally had a violin lesson on Wednesday. We worked on Schubert's Allegro Vivace from the Sonatina in D, Op.137 No.1, D.384.
There are times when the violin is accompanying the piano, and I felt that that kind of violin continuo would be a useful skill to have when playing in orchestras. My teacher calls that kind of playing "knitting" mostly, but sometimes she calls it "spaghetti".
She is using Laubach rosin at the moment - on her viola.
At the moment I am not switching rosins, as my Col Legno is fabulous. I now have to correct the rosin on my DeLille hybrid and my Coda so they sound as good as the Col Legno or better with the same rosin (at risk of repeating myself, probably a random mix of Royal Oak Classic and Hill Dark)!
There you go - you've got a whole week's journal entry in a thread on rosin!
Gordon Shumway said
My teacher thinks she is on her third cake of rosin after 30 years of professional playing, so treat yourself to some Leatherwood and assume it will last you 15 years.
Good point, and interesting given you can read a lot of stuff about rosin cakes "losing their essential oils" over time and all that
Good point, Billy. There's some violin company I follow on FB who are now warning that we should change our rosin every 6 months. That kind of thing gets on my nerves, even if there's an element of truth in it. After 6 months the average violinist's rosin cake won't be noticeably lighter than when it was new!
I like my Sartory on my viola bow and cello bow. I use that or the Holstein Premium (?) depending in the weather. It seems to affect which one works best. It also seems to depend on how loose my elbow joint is. If I am rather stiff, the Holstein works better. If I am loose, it seems like the Sartory works better. So I guess how you are bowing affects the rosin, too?
I have the question mark by the Holstein Premium. I am not positive of what it is called. It came with my Concert Deluxe. I really like it.
I recently bought a cake of rosin and am not too happy with it. It is too soft. Gums up the strings and is sticky, not smooth like it said. I am going to try it again in the winter. I have had it about a week or two.
Does the string brand affect the rosin, too? Do different string brands or type react differently to rosins?
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