From Jim Tsai
Posted March 30, 2007 at 06:20 AM
I've found that my violin periodically loses its focus. One day it would sound wonderfully thick and focused. The next day or two days after not playing the violin would sound fuzzy and noisy, especially on the D and G. i thought it was the strings at first (quickly realizing that was not the culprit after changing to new ones and then encountering the same problem after a short break-in periord) or soundpost (went through a slight adjustment.. which helped but the same problem returned) but i've finally come to realize it's the damn rosin. after vigrously removing the excess off the D and G, which seem to accumulate more rosin than the others, i found that the focus returns and grippiness is actually improved. i never thought the rosin could make as much difference in sound as any of the other elements in setup.
I'm going to get rid of this rosin tomorrow. but now i need to know if people have any general advice on which rosin to use, how much to use, when to use, and when to take some off. it seems like using rosin is a delicate balancing act - one has to avoid using too much as well as too little. Also, do some rosins require activation, ie, require a warming up period before each use?
just FYI, i'm using medium gauge dominants with this particular violin.
thanks to all you sages.
the danger of applying rosin every 4 days is that by the end of that cycle, the bow may not bite the strings with enough friction and slips toward the fingerboard. it may be too late to find that threshold,,,during a performance.
i aspire to be a sage wannabe when i grow up.
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