Opening up the g-string
Do you have any string recommendations to open up the sound in the higher positions on the g string? I prefer a slightly brighter type of string since my violin is quite dark sounding. But any type of strings that will help it open up would be great! I was previously using the "violino" strings by pirastro I think, and they weren't bad at all, I had basically no problem playing right up to the top of the fingerboard. But then I tried daddario ascente strings and they are terrible, the g string chokes in 5th position. I'm still looking for strings that suit my violin.
I heard evah pirrazis don't do well up on the g string. Is that so?
My violin is quite bright, and it chokes if the G string is too heavy. Try something lighter.
What I have found is that G string troubles are basically fiddle troubles.
In general, a lighter gauge or lower mass string will give a clearer sound in high positions on the G string. There are many exceptions.
With a dark-sounding violin, a light bridge will increase the strength of the higher frequencies and brighten it up. Cotton Mather mentioned lightening up the G side, but I'd look at lightening up elsewhere as well, since the entire bridge moves, not just one side. The upper area nearest the strings is the critical zone; I wouldn't try to lighten the waist or legs, as that can reduce bridge stiffness and work against what you want.
I don't think there are any magic fixes and I would not start by taking wood off the bridge or violin. You simply have to play high on the G string, close to the bridge and with a big sound, for a period of time (like a year or more). The violin will usually open up, and your technique will be better. Many violins, especially those used by amateurs and students, have never been extensively played up there, which is why they sound closed and hard to play.
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