How do I set up my violin bridge?
The bridge is not in a fixed position. It is held in place with the tension of the strings over the top edge. If your bridge is not set you will need to set it by following the simple instructions below:
If the bridge begins to tilt forward, you can very carefully pull it back with both hands while resting the lower bout of the violin on your stomach.
How do I tune my violin?
If you are new to the violin, we suggest you have your instructor assist you with tuning. The strings are delicate and if they are over tightened, it may snap and cause damage to your new instrument.
As you are tightening the strings to correct pitch keep pulling the top of the bridge back toward the tailpiece. It will tend to lean toward the fingerboard as you tighten the strings. If you let it lean too far, it will SLAM down and could result in damage to your instrument. Use the pegs for general tuning and the fine tuners for further adjusting. Follow these directions to get started:
My pegs always come loose, what do I do?
If pegs start to slip push the peg in towards the peg box to get a better grip. Use peg compound to help lock the pegs in place. You can also apply chalk onto the pegs where it is inserted into the peg box.
If the pegs are slipping, you can do the following:
Over time, all pegs and the peg box become worn. When this happens, it is time to bring the instrument to a professional repairperson for refitting.
The hair on my bow is slack and not tight and it won't make any sound on my violin, what is wrong?
The bow must be tightened and rosined in order to produce a sound with it. To prepare your bow follow the steps below:
The bow should not be used on anything or for anything other tan the strings of a stringed instrument.
Never touch the horsehair on your bow. The oils from your skin will damage the hair and take away its ability to grab the strings.
When do I apply rosin to the bow?
Rosin the bow regularly. For students it is probably sufficient to rosin the bow once a week. Too much rosin will produce a harsh tone and cause an excessive build-up of the white rosin powder on the instrument.
What do I do with the bow when I'm not playing?
When your practice session is over, loosen the screw so that the hair is no longer taut and return you bow to its case. This will help you prolong the life of your bow. You should loosen the hair completely then bring it back with just a single turn of the screw. The goal is to "keep the hair even but allow the box to relax."
Do I have to clean the bow?
A bow stick around should be wiped clean after every use. A soft, non-abrasive, clean cloth (lint free) no oils or chemicals should be used. There are special untreated cloths marketed for the cleaning of instruments and bows; there are also many types of cleansers and polishes for stringed instruments that can be used on bows. If the bow is wiped properly after every use, cleansers and polishes are pretty much unnecessary. (If you feel the need to polish your bow stick, first use a drop on a small area of the stick to make sure it won't damage or discolor your finish). Never use any kind of commercial cleanser on a bow (or stringed instrument) and keep all chemicals, cleansers, etc. away from the hair.
How long does the bow hair last? Do I need to change the hair?
Bows must be periodically re-haired by a professional repair technician. Re-hair the bow is done when too many of the hairs are broken, or the hair is dirty, or has lost its friction. Sometimes changing the whole bow can be easier and cheaper than to re-hair the old bow, especially with small fractional sized bows.
My bow is not curved anymore! What do I do?
Bows sometimes lose their correct camber and need to be re-cambered using the same heating method as is used in the original manufacture, this should be performed by professional repair technicians.
Why don't I get any sound from my violin?
The sound post may be dislodged from its position! The sound post is vital to producing any sound from the violin. It serves as the conduit between the bridge, strings, and body of the instrument and is located in the inside of the body visible through the "F" holes. The sound post is set in the correct position prior to shipping. It is not in a fixed position and is held in place by being wedged between the top and bottom of the body. During shipping it is possible for the sound post to dislodge itself and may need to be reset. Should this be the case you may take the violin to your local repair shop to properly re-set the sound post in place!
How do I put my shoulder rest on?
To attach the shoulder rest:
How do I clean my violin?
Always clean your violin after playing. Keep a lint-free cloth inside your case and wipe off all the rosin dust and dirt from your instrument after each time you play. Pay particular attention to the fingerboard and the top of the instrument. If rosin dust accumulates and is not wiped off it will fuse with the varnish, and become impossible to remove without damage.
Be careful not to knock the bridge out of place while cleaning.
Never use furniture polish or alcohol to clean your instrument!
Do I ever need to clean the stings on my violin?
Always clean your violin stings after playing. Keep a lint-free cloth inside your case and wipe off all the dust and dirt from your stings after each time you play. This will make a striking difference to the sound.
How long do strings last? And how do I change them?
Strings will slowly deteriorate. Usually, within six months they start to lose much of their tone quality and begin to sound dull and dead. This occurs even if the violin is not being played.
Old strings are lifeless and dull sounding. They should be replaced with new strings. The finest instruments will not sound good with poor strings. The strings should be replaced one at a time.
When you need to change an entire set of strings, do not remove all of the old stings at one time. This will cause you to lose the correct bridge placement and the lack of tension can cause the sound post to fall over.
To change your strings follow the steps below:
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