I'm using D'Addario Helicore strings for my violin and my strings have been breaking every 3 to 4 weeks. I only practice about 10 hours a week.
It is not normal for strings to be breaking constantly and I've read that something that could be useful in determining the cause is noticing where the string is breaking. I've read people mentioning the bridge, the pegs, the fine tuners, etc. My strings are breaking in the fingerboard area. The only theory to explain this I found is something related to sweat and the skin being to acidic, therefore breaking down the metal and eventually causing the string to break. This seems to be supported by the fact that my fingertips get black lines in them (presumably from the strings) after practicing for a while.
Is there any truth to this acidic skin claim or is it just a myth? Has this happened to you or at least have you heard of it? What can I do about it? I have a set of Dominant strings, but I read the issue happens with those too. Is there a type of string I can get that will diminish the issue (because of the material used)? Or one I should avoid? Any other theories as to why my strings keep breaking is this area?
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