Scratching noiseTechnique and Practicing: I don't know why my bow makes a scratching noise even when I put little pressure on the string.
From Ellie Phillips
From Carlo BallaraTry cleaning your strings. Try first with a microfiber cloth. If they are still dirty use alcohol WITH GREAT CARE!!!
Posted on June 19, 2012 at 04:09 PM
When did you last have a rehair done?
From Tom HolzmanYou can use the cork from a wine bottle to clean strings quite effectively.
Posted on June 19, 2012 at 05:26 PM
From John CaddThird reference this week to an Itzak Perlman video - -----Bow Grip . He mentions scratchy sounds in that .It can be caused by playing too near the bridge ( he says --and I believe him 100 % ) . That`s one possible cause .
Posted on June 19, 2012 at 10:49 PM
From Trevor JenningsNot all scratchy sounds from a violin necessarily get through to the audience if they are more than two or three metres away from you. Remember that your left ear is a very short distance away from the violin, so you, the player, will hear everything coming out of the instrument - whether you like it or not!
Posted on June 19, 2012 at 11:18 PM
In some playing situations, and not just when practicing, I put a wad of cotton wool in my left ear, cutting out most of the high-pitched noise and enabling me to hear with my right ear a sound that is probably not far off from what the audience will hear. I like to do this in orchestra as well, so that I can hear a more balanced sound from the ensemble (I play in the second violins).
In orchestral rehearsals I also have a wad of cotton wool ready for my right ear, for when the conductor talks to us.
From Vitalis ImI had this problem a while back.
Posted on June 19, 2012 at 11:38 PM
Have you tried playing with a different bow? If the scratchiness is absent with another bow, you may have to rehair your current bow.
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