Best E string for artificial harmonics
Bad news: I am struggling with artificial harmonics on the E string.
Good news: Maybe it's not me; it's my E String.
I tried my son's violin and it works a lot better. My violin has a Pirastro gold label E, thin (mince) for lower tension. I'm thinking it is the lower tension that is causing the problem, or maybe I should change to a different E string. Any suggestions?
I've been using the mittel Goldbrokat E for a while now, and it's a good string. The Evah steel E was giving me too much whistling.
How old is your E string relative to your son's? Artificial harmonics work much better on new strings.
Warchal's Amber E on my 18th c violin gives excellent artificial harmonics - I've just been experimenting with them on the E-string all the way up the 6th position D (which gives a just audible harmonic D higher than the top note on the piano).
Well, I'm surprised no one asked....
Any E string that isn't rusty.
As others have noted, make sure your E string is relatively new. Ditto for your strings in general. Artificial harmonics are much more difficult on old strings.
My son has Evah A,D,G, but not sure about the E string; the wrap at the bottom is solid purple. I think it is a relatively high tension string though. His strings are probably older than mine.