Help!! My finger positions make the sound scratchy!
No matter what I do I can't stop it to sound scratchy. The amount of rosin isn't making a difference neither the bowing. I've tried everything but I just don't know what to do. I've been doing this for hours for days but I can't improve at all. It just continues to sound scratchy. I've even tried tuning my violin but it just doesn't make difference. I see other people do the same thing I do but they sound amazing. And here I am stuck on 'open strings' because I can't advance from it because of my my scratchiness! Help me!
Try to take a deep breath. You've not been at it long, this is a common beginner problem and it's nothing to fret about. Scratchiness can be related to many factors.
I thought I was alone in this because I see a lot of violin progress videos and people are already playing 1st and 2nd finger in their first week. I thought there was a problem with my violin but you're probably right; it's must be bowing problem. The first finger on the e string sounds good enough but the other strings have been squeaking and scratchy. I guess I'll have to experiment with different pressures and speeds until the sound is right enough.
Violetta, how short are the nails on your left hand?
@Erik they're not very short. I'll have to cut them. I had no idea that my nails could make such a difference.
Yes, huge difference. Lots of violinists I know keep a nail clipper and an emery board or diamond file in their cases. You should only barely be able to see the white part of your nails. And by the way that goes for your right hand too because, especially your thumbnail and pinkie nails on your right hand can interfere with getting a proper "grip" on your bow.
Let us know if cutting the nails on the left hand (as short as possible) fixes the issue :)
@Erik Williams it did change the sound somewhat. It's not the best but I'm starting to feel motivated again. Thanks. ^_^
I also found out that my bridge was tilted and after cutting my nails and fixing the bridge things have somewhat changed. It's not a drastic change but it's there. I can feel it while playing.
I don't know how long you have been playing, but when I started I had the same problem. It hasn't been too long since I started, so the frustration I felt is still fresh in my memory.
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