What's faulty here?

October 9, 2005 at 05:10 PM · My E string has been really sqeaky and I don't who's fault it is. I do not thing that it is my violin because it was around $2000. I have kind of narrowed it down to my bow (approx. $500) or srings, which are dominants. While I'm on this subject...what are the best strings? The main qestion remains, though, what is faulty here?

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October 9, 2005 at 05:12 PM · It's likely that your E string just needs to be replaced.

October 9, 2005 at 05:33 PM · Always suspect yourself before you blame gear. Has your bow drifted away from being the correct angle to the string?

October 9, 2005 at 08:31 PM · Yes, as Jim said it could be your technique, but if the problem has only been happening "lately" you probably just need to replace the string. I like Infeld Red E's but they squeak alot at the beginning but not as much after they're broken in.

October 9, 2005 at 09:23 PM · I had a problem plauging me where I would sometimes produce a harmonic off the E string (super high squeak), generally when coming up bow off the A in the same bowstroke.

Maybe it's your problem or not, but the solution I found was to bow with a bit more pressure and closer to the bridge to execute these notes. By consciously forcing myself to do this, the squeak notes disappeared and after a few days it became second nature to do so.

I have dominants on a violin somewhat more pricey than your own (for what that's worth).

October 10, 2005 at 12:06 AM · The thing is, this has been happening for a few months and so I put on a new E and it's still happening! It squeaks when I am in a string change section, changing quickly, or have to accent the E. It only happens on open E, not fingered notes on the E. The only way I can get a clear sound is to play close to the bridge and turn my bow hair towards me, but that makes it sound like I'm accenting the note (because I have to play it extra loud with a "zippy" bow) and it doesn't always work.

October 10, 2005 at 12:25 AM · Yeah same thing I had. I found a little bit of movement towards the bridge goes a long way though, and you can play with the exact sounding point to avoid the piercing (or accented) tonal quality you describe. Also try adding a bit of pressure with the index finger rather than drawing the bow at zippy speed. Your mileage may vary.

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