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richardz

Member Since 24 Jun 2005
Offline Last Active Jun 07 2016 06:03 PM

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String suggestion for bright on top/dark on bottom violin.

05 June 2016 - 06:21 PM

A couple of months ago I bought a violin that is bigger and louder than my previous violins. It has been very enjoyable to have an instrument who's sound fills large spaces and is also still heard in the midst of other loud instruments. The problem is, it now leaves my ears ringing after playing for a couple of hours.

 

One remedy is to play it more softly when volume isn't needed and I've been experimenting with that, sort of like having a race car but not driving it fast all the time...medium for around town, and all out only when necessary. I guess it's the concept of a violin that can do it all. I've also been playing with an earplug in my left ear, which seems to help.

 

I experimented with a lot of types of strings when I first got the violin, and settled on Vision Titanium Solos, not necessarily for the volume, but because I like the response of higher tension strings and they really gave definition and texture to the lower darker G and D strings that other strings didn't. Now the A and E strings sound exceedingly bright to me. (I've been playing the same set for a couple of months now). I'm wondering about replacing the A and E but keeping the Vision D and G.

 

Does anyone have a string suggestion for the A and E that might be a similar high tension response but a warmer less brilliant sound, that will match the Vision D and G?

 

Thank you for any suggestions.


Playing double stops

01 May 2016 - 10:46 PM

I've been working on playing double stops, mostly from a fiddle or improvising perspective. I can get a sound but it isn't great, and I'd like to improve it. I notice I need more bow pressure (toward the frog) and a particular angle draws the most sound, also I'm using Vision titanium solo heavy strings. Any suggestions would be appreciated.


Buzzing note on Carbon Fiber violin

21 January 2016 - 01:55 AM

A friend of mine recently bought a carbon fiber violin with a built in pickup. He likes it very much, but it has a distortion or feedback sound when playing the E note on the D string in first position. It happens when playing it either acoustic or amplified.

 

Any suggestions on ways to alleviate this?

Thank you for any suggestions.


Light bow... should I use stickier rosin?

25 November 2015 - 12:16 AM

I've got a beautiful, super light Christian Suss violin bow. It's well set up but in general, doesn't seem to draw as much tone as I'd like. I'm using Larsen Red rosin which works very well with another relatively light early Bausch bow I'm using.

 

Could I improve the Suss bow with a different stickier or grittier rosin? Any suggestions of rosin brands?

 

Thanks for any suggestions.