G String keeps breaking
The G string on my violin is low according to my tuner so I used the pegs to tune it up, however, seems like every time I turn it pass the coloured part of the string it breaks.. so how I’m I supposed to get my string in tune? Is there something wrong with my violin?
You're doing something wrong and it's unlikely that anybody here will be able to tell you exactly what! However I'm feeling reckless so I'll give it a go.
I would also like to add a question. Do these G strings break on a particular spot? If so, which one?
is your tuner mis-calibrated? I had a customer who kept doing this only to find that her tuner was calibrated to a number other than 440.
I think he means the string has gotten so curved that its slipping out of the hole every time you bring it up to tension. I had this happen on a G string I kept restringing to adjust the afterlength, I ended up sticking a toothpick in the hole the side the playing string comes out of, then breaking it off flush, pulling the string out would remove the end of the toothpick so its non invasive, worked like a charm.
I would try Lyndon's trick. Might as well try something easy and non-invasive first! The other thing you can do is look at the peg and the nut with a magnifying glass and see if there is any rough spot. You won't have the eye of a skilled luthier but it's better than nothing.
This may sound silly, but please make sure you are not installing D in place of G string. Also, the groove may be damaged or too narrow to accommodate new string. Always use a pencil to deposit graphite along the groove. This will help string glide under pressure.
Does your tuner detect octaves? Maybe you keep going past the first G and then try to go to the *next* octave of G, because your tuner is telling you "E" or something so you naturally go higher rather than lower?
Lyndon's trick is a good example of "there's always an engineering solution", a phrase I was hearing almost every day in the years I spent working with engineers in aerospace.
Erick, i think that might be the case.. i use a chromatic tuner and it says "E" so i tune it up and then it breaks. The strings look really tight, but if i loosen it then its too loose. I don't know what is going on.
does the string actually break, and where, or is it just coming loose on the peg??
Lyndon, the string just snaps at the bottom I think.. it’s not lose on the pegs it’s tight but it keeps going down in tune so I think I have to tune it up and then the string snaps
you mean at the tailpiece?? might be your fine tuner having rough edges
Please if you have the time tell us about a few numbers:
You're most likely tuning the string WAY too fast, and shooting past the intended G. You need to push *in* at the same time you're turning the peg, so it keeps friction, and only go maybe 1/8 turn at a time, and then test the pitch again. Then repeat that.
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