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G string issues
C & C# sound weird
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Elwin
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Out of all the strings in my fiddlerman artist viola (either helicore or fiddlerman), the G string is giving me problems. When I play C, and C#, the sound instantly becomes rather stuffy, and a little bit scratchy. (probably rusty as well) I'm not sure if it's a wolf tone, since it doesn't sound like one. Those are the only two notes that have the "stuffy" sound problems. I even played the two on the C-string and the issue is not there. 

 

What could be the issue? It's becoming annoying when I'm playing, it's sounding good and then suddenly, I play one of those notes, and suddenly, it's scratchy.

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Fiddlerman
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March 8, 2017 - 8:43 pm
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Not completely logical to me but perhaps when you are using those fingers and all the way over to the G string, your bow is affected as well angling towards the bridge. If the bow is too close to the bridge it'll sound scratchy.

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Fiddlerman said
Not completely logical to me but perhaps when you are using those fingers and all the way over to the G string, your bow is affected as well angling towards the bridge. If the bow is too close to the bridge it'll sound scratchy.  

Yeah, I brought the issue in front of my teacher, and she said that it has to do with my bowing. My bow had a nasty habit of being angled towards the bridge instead of towards the scroll (do you get what I mean?). Also, the bow was kept too close to the fingerboard, which did contribute to the sound.

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🙂 Glad you worked it out!

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Fiddlerman said
Not completely logical to me but perhaps when you are using those fingers and all the way over to the G string, your bow is affected as well angling towards the bridge. If the bow is too close to the bridge it'll sound scratchy.  

I have been watching myself and came to the result, that the fingerboard hand influences the bow hand if the fingerboard hand is struggling. In other words, if the fingerboard hand loses relaxation and suffers, the other hand does too. If something is painful our shoulders tend to tense and that effects both hands. That's why I find pausing very important and if the fingerboard hand is exhausted because it has been working harder on a hard to reach string, I pause even sooner and more often. It also depends on the key since those with many ♭♭♭ make it harder. Yes we have to accept our limits to avoid tension. Some may have longer and more flexible fingers than I have and I accept that. I also think we should not play too much on hard to reach strings, being moderate in using them.

My violin is a 3/4 violin, made for right-handed players, though I play it left-handed. As I felt she was the best in the shop of all 3/4 violins I tried and the luthier agreed. I prefer Obligato strings together with Eudoxa E string. Self-made bow, weight: 24 g / 0.85 oz

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