String Height Issue

Edited: March 13, 2019, 4:36 AM · I've been having some trouble lately with accidentally hitting other strings while I'm bowing, especially if I'm fingering notes and I get that ugly squeak sound. I'm just a beginner and I know that it's only natural that this happens from time to time, but I'm noticing it a lot more with my new bow. I don't think it's the bow's fault, however, because I tried the same passages with my old bow and I was getting the same squeaks and things.

I would chock this up to user error, but I've spent the last couple weeks trying pretty much every violin in the city under $3000 and I don't seem to have the same problem on those. Much less squeaking.

You might say, your string height probably needs adjusting, but I did take my violin to a luthier and he said he couldn't find anything wrong with it except the E string was a tad high, but within acceptable parameters.

You know what? I bet that's it. As I was typing this I just realized that I mostly have problems with squeaking when I finger the A string. I bet the slightly high E + my less than perfect technique is causing me to accidently bow the E and because my fat fingers are usually touching both strings, it gets that nasty harmonic squeak. See? Writing out your thoughts helps sometimes.

You can hear it in this video I made on the second take when I'm testing the Helicore Strings (You can also view this video as a comparison between Fiddlerman and Helicore strings)

Is there something I'm missing though? I was thinking about changing strings to something in between the Fiddlerman and Helicore, maybe a set of Zyex. Perhaps I'll get my violin setup (by a different luthier) when I decide to change strings and have him put the new ones on while he's at it.

Anyway, what are your thoughts?

Replies (4)

March 13, 2019, 3:13 AM · You may not have the proper curve to the top of the bridge, to allow you to play all the strings easily one at a time. The luthier should have checked this with a gauge. A template with a radius of 42mm.
March 13, 2019, 8:23 AM · I cut my bridge a little flat, but if I was beginner me and I didn't have the skill to work avoid the other strings I would lose my mind. If your E string is "acceptably" high, you can lower it a little.
March 13, 2019, 3:23 PM · I played again today and had no problems at all, so I don't know what's going on :p
March 15, 2019, 4:20 PM · There are days when I have to spend more warm-up time on string crossings etc. I even find that the extra time can have an effect the day after next..


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