Violin sounds muffled at higher position
My violin sounds fine on the lower position to 3 position.
However, when I go up from the 3 position the sound on the strings sounds muffled and not clear.
I’m not sure what is the cause?
Can you tell us a bit about the violin? I had a similar problem, but more a lack of tone - my eventual cure was to trade it in.
Have you tried bowing closer to the bridge?
My experience always gives me confirmation that a precise tuning of the afterlenght makes wonder in things like OP's issue.......
I have a Suzuki NS20 violin. I have trying bowing closer to the bridge, but it still sounds muffled. The sound is really clear when I play in the lower positions. I’m not sure if it’s an issue with my violin?
What strings do you have on now? Their age?
Those instruments are budget , student instruments, my first violin ever were one of the Suzuki ones. The problem is most likely a combination of things,but it is mostly the violin with no doubt. You could try put a dominant light gauge G-string on, or some low tension strings,or maybe even adjust the sound post. but I don't know how much that can really will help since the instrument is quite low budget. The only other solution is to probably upgrade to something better.
Might it have to do with your bow technique? The higher up a string you play, the more engagement you need (through arm weight, NOT pressing downwards) with the string to produce the same type of sound. If I had to guess, the sound you are producing in the lower positions isn't as clear as it could be but passable (you use the word "fine"), and playing in the higher positions is magnifying this issue. One of the reasons playing up the G string is tough is because it requires a super delicate balance of weight and speed that is not necessary in the lower positions, where the "sweet spot" zone of what constitutes good sound is much wider (and therefore more forgiving). I hope this helps.
Most violins sound muffled high on the wound strings, especially the D. This is why people pay 6 figures for violins that sound clean and clear up there.
I found Larsen Tzigane string sets sounded clean 2 octaves up the G string on a couple of violins that had been troublesome.
My strings is about one month old.. I think it is probably my violin. Maybe I should go to a violin shop and test out other violins and see if it is supposed to be sounding like that.
Im thinking of getting the soloist Fiddlerman violin https://fiddlershop.com/products/fiddlerman-soloist-violin-outfit
I agree with George, just good instruments will be balanced in all positions and strings.
What George said - its the only way to be sure it will play in higher positions!
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