Unless you have one, you might be asking, "What is a wolf tone?"
A wolf tone or wolf note is a note that sounds fuzzy and unclear, no matter what you do, and it usually occurs on the G string, when it comes to violins. It's always on the same note, but the note varies from instrument to instrument. Wikipedia does a good job of describing what it is and what causes it: "a wolf tone is a sustaining sympathetic artificial overtone that amplifies and expands the frequencies of a played musical note. It is produced when the pitch of the played note is close to a natural resonant frequency of the body of the musical instrument." Also, Corilon has a good description on their website, as well as ideas for "taming" the wolf.
Why is it called a "wolf tone"? One explanation is that the resulting note sounds like a wolf howling. (But does it really?) I welcome any better explanations, if they exist!
The phenomenon is more common on cellos and basses, but certainly it happens on violins. Some lucky folks have no wolf tone at all on their fiddle (I really don't have one) but even people with very fancy instruments (like Stradivari) report persistent wolf notes.
Do you have such a note on you instrument, and what note is it, what string? Have you tried any remedies, like changing strings or tensions or attaching a gadget to your instrument?
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