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.
The shorter the vibrating length, the stiffer it feels. To get a quicker response on the ultra high notes, or the harmonics, try a light gauge E. You might lose some volume, or the opposite might happen, less total force on the top plate might allow the instrument to vibrate more freely. Play harmonics almost ponticello.
I don't know if "best", but I have always problems to make artificial harmonics and with the Warchal Brilliant Vintage I find them easy to make.
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