I read online in multiple places that you should change strings after a few months. I went to my local music shop and the luthier there said that strings don't need to be changed for two years or more and refused to change them. I've had my violin for about ten months and I practice every day for multiple hours. I don't know how to change strings and I would like a professional to show me how. What should I do?
A few months seems too short a time for a string change but two years is probably letting it go a bit. What brand of strings are on the violin now ? There are numerous youtube videos on how to change strings but I will give one piece of advice : only change one string at a time to avoid the sound post falling over.
It depends on how much you play. For most brands, expect to change your strings after about 150 hours of playing time.
I usually do not change strings until I grow dissatisfied with the ones on the instrument I am playing. This may actually be a short time after I have installed the strings if I made a bad choice on my last purchase - or they may remain on for a very long time if I am still satisfied. I have 4 violins so I can inter-compare them to decide if the one I am playing most is loosing its "ranking" compared to another one.
You need to visit a violin shop or luthier who is properly trained in violin work. The term “luthier” is a bit of an umbrella term. Music stores have begun using the term more in order to make their staff seem more proficient.
I had a set of Dominants that started unravelling at 13 months.
Kids around here learn to change a string from their teachers.
I would argue that after 3 months of very regular use, strings tend to go relatively "bad"/non responsive. With good rosin you can extend it, but they obviously do not sound as good. 3-4 months at minimum for synthetics, as far as I am concerned (6 months maximum... I really tend to change them whenever they start sounding a bit off.)
Depends on how much you like the sound of new strings, what repertoire you're playing and how much disposable income you have, but a luthier refusing to change strings sounds pretty suspect.
Evahs would be dead or on the downhill side after 3 months, probably not the case with Dominants. 2 years is excessive unless you care nothing about tone or are so poor that you can not afford strings.
To provide a different perspective, IMO you do not need to change strings unless you are dissatisfied with the sound of the older strings. This could mean not changing strings for 2 years for some, and that's ok.
Some tips -
If you're practicing several hours a day, you need to rehair the bow every six months and change strings every three months or so, in order to get good quality out of your violin. Modern strings usually deteriorate gradually so you might not realize how much the strings have worn out since they'll still function for quite a while.
As to how to change strings, Sophie, there's always plenty on Youtube.
2 years? practicing every day?
2 years? practicing every day?