Strings for louder(more noticeable) sympathetic vibrations
I'm a novice, been playing for almost a year. Since I discovered sympathetic vibration, I've relied on it to check my intonation with a great success and some nice compliments from my teacher on my intonation improvement.
Now, I've been using Warchal Timbre for a few months now. And something about these strings make the sympathetic vibration really noticeable, really loud and easy to hear, which I like a lot.
What I am asking is: what characteristic of strings that can bring out more sympathetic vibration (low/high tension, material ?). Can you recommend a set of string for loud/noticeable sympathetic vibration?
"Sympathetic resonance or sympathetic vibration is a harmonic phenomenon wherein a formerly passive string or vibratory body responds to external vibrations to which it has a harmonic likeness. The classic example is demonstrated with two similar tuning-forks of which one is mounted on a wooden box."
I think George has it when he says to work on your tone production. I know that when my tone gets rough, my intonation suffers, and when I spent a lot of time with one of my teachers working on my bowing technique, my intonation improved dramatically.
Treat the strings real nice. Buy them gifts and tell funny stories. That's sure to do the trick.
@Scott: that is totally alright. I'm not asking for strings recommendation so that I sound better though. I'm simply curious what characteristic of strings that would bring out more sympathetic vibrations? Is that tension, gauge, material ? Of course, bad intonation will not bring out any sympathetic vibration no matter how fancy your strings are.
This doesn't sound like the desire for sympathetic vibrations, but rather the desire for more resonance and overtones.
Daniel, I am also a novice, I've also been using Warchal Timbres recently and I'm also as curious as you about equipment tweaks. My ears still need much training but the overtones generated with Timbres were an eye opener, even on my intermediate level violin (a Sima Traian.) I thought I was going to be an Obligato addict forever but happy that my curiosity got the better of me. I have a set of Warchal Brilliant Vintage on deck to see what a relatively lower tension string from the same manufacturer sounds like. Now time to get back to bowing practice for me!
I find sympathetic resonance a bit annoying.
Daniel, yes I clearly misread your post, sorry. I think Lydia might be right that you're looking for overtones more than sympathetic vibrations.
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