Right hand Pizzicato displaces the string on the bridge
I'm currently going through passage that requires right hand Pizzicato on my violin and it seems that A string pops out of its place on bridge each time.
It wasn't the case before Today, and it seems to only happen for on my practice violin (Yamaha YSV-104). I swapped out the A string to a higher tension string but the problem persists. It just started doing this today, but I could go through the same passage Yesterday without an issue.
Is there a particular trick that I can do to improve this?
I should mention that I lubricate the string groove with pencil graphite.
I can potentially take this violin to a local luthier but I'm not even sure what they can do for it.
The groove in the bridge is too shallow. You can deepen it with a very narrow file. Keep in mind it shouldn't be any deeper than the radius of the string.
I also suspect you are "hooking" the string excessively: try "brushing" it with the pad of the finger. "Bloom" rather than "twang"!
Thanks Adrian and Cotton.
If you're missing the tip of your index finger, then I think you should definitely trying learning to use your middle finger for pizzicato. Adrian is completely correct about brushing vs hooking.
Don’t do Bartok pizz.
Okay, one thing that I am not sure of, am I supposed to pluck over the fingerboard, or where I normally bow?
Over the fingerboard.
It’s hard to say whether it’s the technique of the pizzicato or the string groove in the bridge without seeing a picture. Putting pencil lead in the groove isn’t a problem, and it’s good for both the bridge and the string.
Rich, there is practically zero groove for the A string, especially compared to my main violin. Pictures seen as follows:
The bridge doesn't seem very well-cut regardless. Is it one of those "pre-fitted" bridges? I see the wings haven't been shaved down at all, and it looks a bit thick.
Cotton, This bridge probably left Yamaha factory like this. The setup of the entire instrument is "pre-fitted" as you may call it, but everything "works" but nothing amazing or bad.
I agree with Cotton about the bridge. It looks very thick and clunky.
Yes, that bridge needs work. You can thank your pizz displacement for the clue!
Obviously an electric violin. The bridge is nothing like you would see on an acoustic instrument. Apparently your A string has been all over judging by the marks on the bridge.
Roger, the A string has been all over since the Pizzicato passage.
I would definitely recommend a new bridge. The one that’s on your violin is not cut to a good standard and the wood looks as though it’s pretty soft. The grooves are too shallow, so I can see how you’re having trouble with the A.
Rich, I cannot replace the bridge. I can have a luthier reshape it, but that's the best I can do. I will probably do that when something else more serious needs to be placed. I will get it done when I want replace the pegs with
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