Gut String Whistling
So I just bought a set of Pirastro Passione Solo, which are the first ever gut strings I bought in my life.
After a few hours of playing, I could say I’m a convert!
But I’ve encountered a problem: sometimes, especially in fast string changes in the lower register, there is a whistling sound, similar to the one you can encounter with the E-string, except on the lower strings, mainly the D.
It’s been a few years since I last encoutered this kind of whistling, but I had only experienced it on the E-string. Incidental harmonics.
Is it the rosin (I use Bernardel)? Or is it my bow technique, and now that I’m on gut strings I can’t hide imperfections anymore?
Or is it just typical of gut strings?
You can mitigate this somewhat with violin adjustment, but gut takes a little more effort to get started.
Yes, you have to get used to gut strings, the response is slower too. I made a baroque viola some years ago and had a squeaking problem on the D on the A string, first position. I consulted a baroque player and he said me that we have to learn how to deal with that.
The only Passione I've used so far is regular A. The other strings on this fiddle are:
I started a similar thread some years back. Since then I've learnt to apply pressure through/with my index finger.
Bud, I've noticed the exact same requirement is needed--I thought maybe it was just my right hand improving overall, but it's probably also some adaptation to the gut strings as you said.
The strings have now settled in, and my bow hand has adapted to the gut, so the problem is gone.
Let's save that one for another thread. Glad it's solved. And my problem was solely on the D too.