Bow pressure on the A string

September 18, 2016 at 05:20 PM · I have Dominants with a Evah Gold E. It seems I have to use more bow pressure on the A string to get good tone. Sometimes when I bow lightly I get a slight whistling sound. Is that typical of most A strings?

Replies (3)

September 18, 2016 at 05:42 PM · I think something is wrong with your violin or perhaps the A string itself.

September 18, 2016 at 06:02 PM · Hi,

I can be many things. Common causes:

1- problem with the A string itself - fraying usually at the nut or bridge.

2- problem with the chinrest pressure using a side-mounted chinrest - too much or too little (people forget that violins expand and contract with weather/humidity) can cause that on a super sensitive instrument

3- problems with the soundpost adjustment, bridge or nut - should be examined by a luthier. Also, sometimes, as the string wears into the fingerboard, it can cause that and may indicate that the fingerboard needs planing - again to be checked by a luthier

3- With Dominants, you could be using the wrong choice of E for your instrument, and it could affect balance of tensions and response. In that case, trying a different E string, maybe one that is not gold, could be your answer.

4- Problems with your bowing technique (bow hold, not bowing laterally, wrong plane or level of elbow for the A string, etc., etc.), will certainly play a role as well than may be greater than the first 3.

Hope this helps in finding out the cause and best of luck!


September 20, 2016 at 03:40 PM · I had this problem one time, and I just put some more rosin on, and the problem was fixed. If, this doesn't work, the string may be old.

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