What causes a string to snap?
Today I was playing a particularly shreddy piece, and my E string snapped in my face. The break was near the scroll.
I was probably due for a change in the next couple of weeks, but this has never happened before regardless of how long I've had them on. Also, I'm now quite paranoid about this happening during a performance in the future!
What causes this to happen and is there any way to prevent it?
Lots of things can cause a string to snap. Can you provide more details?
Not sure what details you are asking for, but: It's summer here; I was placing more pressure than usual on the string; the strings have been on since November (longer than usual)...
I have had a few E strings break while playing and quite a few have snapped somehow in my case when it wasn't being played and there was no problem with my nut or fine tuner. Never had any of the other lower strings break though.
If the E string broke near the scroll, it probably wasn't because you hooked the ferrule of your bow on the string during aggressive playing, or due to a sharp edge on the fine tuner at the tailpiece end. So what you have told us so far enables us to narrow it down a little bit.
I'm not sure exactly since it wasn't stretched out anymore, but I'd say 1st finger, if that.
Your fingernail could have compromised the string in that spot over time. I always have the shortest possible fingernails, but I can notice in the string where my nail has dug in some places.
I've been meaning to ask about fingernails. Some guitarists recommend enough LH nail to act as a stabiliser for your fingertip on the fingerboard, but I've been doubting that on violin.
When I say guitar, I always mean classical.
In 80 years of playing I have had strings break for a number of different reasons: wear, contact with rough or sharp edges and corners, inherent flaws in the string, weakness from aging, poor installation on the instrument.
Maybe I'll get an acoustic again, always relaxing to play some classical.
Kate, if it broke at the upper nut, that suggests a possibility that it was binding at the upper nut for some reason, possibly a groove which wasn't shaped or lubricated properly.
Wouldn't we be more puzzled if strings
My fingernails are very short.
Wore down? Do you have any idea how many people have rubbed Lincoln's nose? And that's bronze which is much softer than steel.
In no particular order:
I am a (jazz-rock) guitarist playing electric guitar, and whole my life (24 years of playing), I keep my nails shortest as possible. My wife has shimmers from it how far are cut :D. For the years I taught my fingers to less sensitivity under the nail and I am cutting them very deeply and I hate when they are a little bit longer. I am extreme with it.
"Defective from the factory. I think this is very rare."