Scratchy violin tone fixes?
Hi, so if you listen to the recording linked above, you can hear me playing on 2 different violins. From what I'm hearing, the first one has a lot less scratches in the tone than the second one. I've had this issue for a long time, and it seems that whenever I try playing on a friend's violin, my tone is much smoother than when I play on my current one. Would there be any way to fix my tone to make it smoother on the violin I have? Thanks!
It could be many things. Maybe your bridge isn’t as straight, so your bowing is crooked. Different strings etc. you could also be playing with more crunch because it’s your instrument. You might lighten up on a borrowed fiddle. Is it the same bow? Too many factors to diagnose.
From the recording, what you call "scracthy" I call "nasal".
Are the strings too old or caked with excess rosin, or both?
You're playing too close to the bridge on the second one.
Your violin simply sounds brighter and harsher. Every instrument has its own timbre character. Then, also set-up and strings matters. Bow and rosin as well, but I assume you have used the same in both recordings.
Go to a luthier and play several other instruments, to see if the problem is you or the fiddle.