The strings are an essential topic for you, violinists!
A set of strings can make your tone fit a track better. You can get different brightness, tonal quality, and tension depending on your choice.
Also, you need to change the strings someday, as they don’t last forever. Violinists tend to change the strings on their instruments about once every 300 hours of playing. In other words, if you’re a student, you could probably get away with string changes every three to six months. Professional violinists may change their strings more frequently, depending on their time spent practicing.
We recommend starting by understanding the kind of sound you dream your instrument to have and then start searching for it. We have a whole blog dedicated to the topic. Check it out!
Pay close attention to the Rosin
The rosin has a sticky quality when you rub it. It’s drawn in the same way maple syrup is collected without causing any harm to the tree. It smells a bit like pine and has a glassy, orange look.
Its function is to create friction, allowing the bow to grip the strings and make them vibrate more clearly.
It should be treated carefully, as it cracks very easily.
We advise you to store it in a room, just like your violin, away from the temperature fluctuations.
No matter what kind of rosin you choose it is important to know what the right amount to use is. So, take note:
Rosin should only be used when deemed completely necessary. By doing that, you will avoid a build-up of rosin across the hairs of the bow. As rosin’s function is to create friction, too much will affect the sound quality and create an overly aggressive and dirty sound.
The chin rest is a cushioned pad attached to the violin that allows a musician to comfortably and accurately place his or her chin on the instrument during a performance.
The chin rest was invented to relieve the strain on the chin caused by long hours of playing the violin.
Choosing a violin chinrest turns out to be a very personal choice, and you should choose the chinrest that best suits your chin’s shape. You should also consider the chinrest’s height—it’s important that the chinrest fits with your neck length. This criteria should come first, and then you can adjust the positioning according to what makes you feel most comfortable.
The bridge helps transmit the vibrations created by the bow through the soundboard and that is what we hear as violin sounds. The pressure of the strings held in place by the bridge allows the instrument to be played during a performance.
The larger of the two surfaces is called the top, where the bridge rests. It’s a resonant area that helps amplify sound. Additionally, the bridge acts as an acoustic filter, suppressing specific undesired frequencies.