So I've made the decision to switch to Planetary Pegs as the humidity here is making tuning really annoying when going long periods between practices (school is soaking up much of my time). And on that note, whilst I read Gut strings need constant retuning, what more a perfect way to stay on top of tuning than with Planetary pegs???? Until I can get to a point where I practice on an extremely consistent basis, planetary pegs would solve any tuning headaches with gut strings.
So I've run into two things I desire:
1. I hate the tension of the Red Label strings I have. They're the typical student steel strings and I don't like how bright sounding it is.
2. It may be a byproduct of the strings, but I hate the effort it takes to get to the fingerboard. I'm not digging grooves into my fingers (no callusses, my teacher taught me from the get go on playing with nearly no body tension and very lightly, I hated the harmonics days, yuck!) and my hand isn't "sore" per say, but it feels like I could just benefit from having strings that are closer to the fingerboard and easier to press.
So all that said, is it a bad idea to have a lower tension string like gut strings AND lower the action of the strings? I feel like I cannot vibrato because of both the tension of the string as well as the fact I have to press what feels so far to get a satisfactory note. I just feel I have to work harder than I really should be and I can really benefit from strings being closer to the fingerboard as well as strings that aren't as hard to press to get the tone I want.
As far as the violin goes, my teacher hopped on it for a minute or so and really tried to exploit it's response and said it's a really good violin and has great sound, projection, and response, so it could very well be just a toss up as far as what may sound best on it.
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