To tempt the naysayers I will give a tip you won't believe. The "Experts" will have a field day trying to discredit me but I have tried this and it works no matter what the "experts" say. No one has ever used this tip before so if you want to be a pioneer,try it. Even if you think it doesn't work (it does) you won't hurt anything. Here's the tip: If you experience false open string sounds that are just rasping sounds when you play an open string you can mitigate them by mixing powdered kitchen cleanser with two part, 5 minute epoxy until it gets a little thick. Stroke that mixture onto the offending string using a very, very thin coat. Put it on only where your bow hair will contact that string. That is for about an inch starting from the end of the fingerboard and going for an inch toward the bridge. Schneider bridge I hope! Now let the epoxy harden overnight before you play on that string. CAUTION: Place some wax paper over the belly of your violin so if the epoxy drips it will drip onto the wax paper and not onto the violin. If, after the epoxy dries overnight you want it off use a man's fingernail to scrape it off your string. It will come off without doing any damage to the string but only if you use a fingernail to scrape with. Don't use a metal or even wooden scraper or you could damage your string.-------NEXT TIP:------Yet another tip - I give you over 20 tips or suggestions to improve your playing on my web site - but I will mention one more that you can try tonight after dark. Go into a room where there is a desk lamp and turn it on. Turn all other lights off except for one night light to light your way around the room. Sit in a chair where you can reach the desk lamp and turn it off. The room should be almost dark. Now, play something that you have memorized. Your brain will now concentrate automatically on the sound of your playing much better than it did with the room illuminated! This is a trick on your mind I discovered when the power went off while I was practicing. Try it and you will see that you will hear what you are playing as though you were someone that was listening to your performance as a bystander. You will notice things about your playing that need correction much faster than if you were playing with the lights on! If you want even better results and more tips, then view my web site at www.schneiderviolinbridge.com Hope to see you there. John
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