High vs Low action
How do violinists that use high action strings manage to play?
I find it beyond umconfortable to play on high action strings when going beyond fifth position. And vibrato is considerably harder, since I cannot relax my hand and keep the string down at the same time.
Is there a chance that your "high action" is actually too high? I'd get it checked out by a luthier who will be able to make any appropriate adjustments to the setup that may be necessary. There is an ideal height for the action, and the luthier should be able to ensure it. I don't advise doing this yourself unless you have skills that are effectively luthier skills!
How high above the top end of the fingerboard are your strings - especially the E and G strings?
Andrew: I think it's 6mm G string; 7mm D string, 6 mm A string, 5mm E string.
In my opinion, this 3 pics show a VERY HIGH action...........
that's a bit too high, have your luthier adjust it
Yeah, I'm going to take the violin tomorrow to the luthier.
if you dont like high try 5.5mmG, 3.5mm e
I agree with Lyndon - but the curvature needs changing too - for the A and D.
What should change about the curvature Andrew?
Basically the bridge curvature should more closely follow the curvature of the fingerboard - BUT NOT EXACTLY - instead tapering so the strings are above the top limit of the fingerboard (as Lyndon said) by 3.5 mm for the E string and 5.5 mm for the G string with the A and D about 4 mm and 5 mm respectively.
In the meantime, we don't necessarily have to hold the string right down at all times: just enough to avoid slipping and get a clear-enough tone.
I'm sure your shop guy will get it right, but it's a mistake to have any regard for the middle strings' heights above the board. They need to be positioned so that the angle of bowing change between strings is exactly the same, and the standard angle, unless there's a specific reason for a different angle, which there usually is not. This not only facilitates bowing, but also affects the perceived balance between the strings. Ignore the board!!
If it makes you feel any better the cello is even weirder.
Repeatedly playing a violin with action too high can cause serious repetitive stress injuries to your left hand, particularly the 4th finger.
Michael, thank you for that most useful arcane wisdom. I guess I knew that (deep in my being) from having reshaped a few bridges on some cheap old ebay violins (and almost 80 years since I was given my first violin). The angles for bowing the inner strings are critical; the outer ones pretty much take care of themselves as long as they are not too high or too low.
I took the violin to a luthier this morning, I should have it back monday morning.
Well, the main question here is: is the neck angle correct?
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