Rosin for Desert Climate / Helicore Strings
Hate to do this to you as I'm sure you get a lot of rosin posts, but I'm hoping mine is specific enough to warrant some good responses.
I am a beginner violinist, but I'm catching on fast.
I have some basic dark rosin that came with the outfit (the kind in the wooden box) that I assume isn't very good.
I also got some Dominant rosin which is medium-light I believe because that's all I could afford of the non-student rosin at the time when I went to change out my chinrest at the luthier. This I assume is also not ideal because I live in the Mojave Desert of Las Vegas where it is very dry and while it has been cold and rainy here this winter, come summer it's going to be upwards of 110 degrees with humidity below 20%.
Right now the hygrometer in my case says its 58% humidity in my practice room which seems accurate. Outside humidity is around 40%, but like I said, it will get super hot and dry in a few months.
It should also be noted that I'm using D'Addario Helicore medium steel strings which are what came with my instrument, and I don't plan on changing them for at least a year unless one breaks or they start to sound dead.
I'm particularly interested in rosins that help beginners play more smoothly (I heard Liebenzeller Copper was good for beginners).
So to make a long story short, I guess I'm looking for rosin suggestions (probably dark) for a hot, dry climate on steel Helicore strings for a beginner violinist who is getting better every day. I'm going to keep using the rosin I have for the rest of this month since buying my violin wiped me out financially, but come the 1st of March I'll be ready for an upgrade.
I use Larica rosin, which is basically the same as Liebenzeller. While I like it when it's gone it's gone - I don't intend to buy another cake in the future.
At the recommendation of my luthier, I switched to Gustave Bernardel which is a medium light rosin, and it has quickly become my favorite. I live in Boise, which is considered high desert, and while not as extreme as Vegas, we are a very dry climate.
What have you noticed that your rosin doesn't provide for you? Depending on your violin and bow, there may be other more pertinent factors that are contributing to your issue. Regardless, I second the Bernardel suggestion for where you live.
I lived in the California Mojave high desert (with a climate identical to that of Las Vegas) for 33 years (I used to check the weather reports). It is not the climate outside that matters, it is that inside where you play. Only when involved in outdoor concerts (typically once annually, in September around dusk - still very hot and dry) was the ambient climate of concern.
I think all the fuss over Baker's rosin is because it's made fresh. I've heard that it loses its sparkle after a few months, and the wait list is ridiculously long.
I read somewhere that Heifetz used Hidersine rosin (now considered inexpensive student-grade) Panel-is that true? I use Hidersine cello rosin for my violin and viola bows. Melos is good. Bernardel is very good, but makes extra powder, so I don't recommend it for irresponsible young students that don't clean their violin.
I have to admit I'm still in the fun "everything is new and exciting" phase of playing violin, so I'd like to experiment with different rosins. My teacher said I'm fine with what I have currently, but where's the fun in that?
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