I've read a little bit about on this topic, and came to a conclusion from my experience.
Often at 5th position and up on the G string on violin seem to be filled with wolfnotes and scratchy sounds.
Some people suggested and believe in that the high G can be "played in". I am going to have to start disagreeing with that, because even with my one string melody and scales that I've been working on, my G string and somewhat D string sounds inferior to A and E string at higher positions.
Now, something that people have suggested and worked for me is trying different brand of the strings. Also, soundpost adjustment.
I have noticed on my primary violin, Obligato seemed to make the lower strings full and round, even at higher positions. I've used the set to the point where the strings were staring to fray, and I ended up putting the set on my secondary violin, Eastman VL80, not the top of the line violin.
On VL80, I can go up on G, with consistent sound quality as the lower positions,
On my good violin, with Warchal Karnoel(my violin HATES this set). G string and even D string sounds terrible after 4th and 5th positions respectively.
I swapped the set to Warchal Brilliant Vintage, now, this feels comparable with Obligatos.
Now, to summarize, I found that the G string at higher position is improved by using specific kind of string and also even heavier bow and small bit of soundpost adjustment?
What do others do to improve your tone quality for higher positions on G string? How do you deal with your scratchy, unpleasant high positions in G string? I'm also curious about the harp shaped tailpieces.
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