April 2008

Violin Bridge Maintenance

April 26, 2008 18:27

To maintain your violin bridge:

-remember,there is 40 pounds of pressure exerted upon the top plate with your strings in tune

-when you replace a string [any string] your bridge may correspondingly change

-your bridge must be at a 90 degree angle to the top plate
or slightly less = [89] degrees [tough to judge]

-if your bridge is not constantly consistent with the above
then your bridge will warp because of pressure [40 pounds] exerted on the top of the bridge will warp your bridge,causing a nasty sound

-"eye" up your bridge constantly to make sure it is exactly perpendicular to the top plate

-if you do not play for a few weeks,your bridge will-of its own accord change positions--so,you must be constantly observant in this regard

-if you will not be playing your violin for a few weeks,then loosen your strings--to prevent warpage of your bridge

-these are important lessons

-pay heed

-your 'sound' is subject to the position of your bridge

-and this is important

-we may not really notice,but your bridge position changes
quite often [especially in sudden changes of humidity or temperature]

-so,pay attention to bridge placements

-your violin sound is heard by all within hearing distance and this is important and a reflection upon you as a violin player

-nothing new really,but something to remember--as we try to progress into more significant playing modalities..

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