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Violin problems? Answered

I bought a low end, craiges list violin. It was no doubt intended to be a rip off, the violin guy at a shop told me it was made of ply wood. He strung it for me, reset the sound post, and put up a new bridge. It dosn't make sound though, I've been trying to figure out if its the strings (they're not 'coiled' like a guitar string, Ie. E,A,D,G) Or if its not getting enough Rosin on the bowstrings, I dont know a darn thing about how all of it works; but my research these days is telilng me it might be the rosin application, I know your supposed to put a bit on new bows (which I have an new bow) Im going to try a few sugjestions. Any ways; the rosin I have, is a light colored, hard, slightly-larger-than a quarter, circular peice. Its quite hard, and isn't very sticky. Advice is appreciated. thank you! -Adam



Best Answer 10 years ago

With a new violin bow, you should utterly saturate it with rosin the first time. Rub the hair of the bow along the rosin using very short, firm movements initially until you've got the rosin starting to transfer powder onto the hairs. Do this for the entire length of the bow, heel to tip, so that it's almost dripping rosin powder. Future rosin applications should be quick to apply, just a couple of long rubs of the rosin block for the whole length. But to start off with, the bow won't 'stick' to the strings without a lot of rosin. Good luck - the violin is a harsh mistress! (I can recommend little paper sticky dots for learning where the fingering is until you get used to their location on the neck of the violin, too.)


Answer 10 years ago

Thank you! i did what you said and it worked. I have some 'soft' spots on the bow that i figure i just didn't quite get enough rosin on x.x But oh well its better than nothing! so thank you again! Violin is harsh, but i have something of an ear for music, and the general desire to play the Violin, we'll see how it goes!