Dull Sounding G String

January 20, 2004 at 06:52 AM · The G string on my violin sounds dull almost a blunt sound. The open G sounds okay but once I play a note the blunt/dull sound starts. Any thoughts would be appreciated.

Replies (3)

January 20, 2004 at 08:40 AM · Buy some Heifetz DVD's and get some inspiration from them. Then the dullness will go away...

January 20, 2004 at 04:51 PM · try different strings.... evah pirazzi has a very nice G String

January 21, 2004 at 01:30 AM · Greetings,

probably, as Geoff says, the first step is to consider what stirngs you are using,

The pirazzi shuld bring out the brilliance of the violin. I have done a couple of recitlas on them and although although I wa simpresssed at the time after watching video play back I started to find them too brilliant and metallic for my taste so I went back to my real love which is the Olive g plus two good gut strings. this also puts less strain on the fingertips.

Yu might alos consider the rosin you are using. In the last few years I have use dtwo types: Bernadel and Guillaume. the Bernadel is smooth and elegant and the latte ris brighter,?@and seems to make things resonate a little better so I am staying with it. but notice that Dominant has just produce a rosin for synthetic strings so someone out there must belive that you need to give a lot of thought to this issue....

There is a technical point you might consider. The G string is somewhat harder to get vibrating and this is connected to left hand finger action. You may need to speed up the movement of your fingers (without changing the rythm of course). It is always useful to practice exercises in which finger speed is varied. you can find alot in the book `Basics` by Fischer,

The last step is to go to a good luthier and get the soundpost and bridge checked,



This discussion has been archived and is no longer accepting responses.

Facebook Twitter YouTube Instagram Email

Violinist.com is made possible by...

Shar Music
Shar Music

Pirastro Strings
Pirastro Strings

JR Judd Violins
JR Judd Violins

Dimitri Musafia, Master Maker of Violin and Viola Cases
Dimitri Musafia, Master Maker of Violin and Viola Cases

2023 Authenticate LA: Los Angeles Violin Shop
2023 Authenticate LA

Violinist.com Shopping Guide
Violinist.com Shopping Guide


Metzler Violin Shop

Southwest Strings

Bobelock Cases

Johnson String Instrument/Carriage House Violins

Jargar Strings

Bay Fine Strings Violin Shop



Los Angeles Violin Shop


String Masters

Nazareth Gevorkian Violins

Laurie's Books

Discover the best of Violinist.com in these collections of editor Laurie Niles' exclusive interviews.

Violinist.com Interviews Volume 1
Violinist.com Interviews Volume 1, with introduction by Hilary Hahn

Violinist.com Interviews Volume 2
Violinist.com Interviews Volume 2, with introduction by Rachel Barton Pine