7 Tips To Master The Violin Using Quality Materials: A blog on violin parts, accessories, and mainte
Investing in your instrument is an investment in your music, therefore to master your musical abilities is important to pick quality materials for your violin.
In this blog, we’ve put together all the information you need to know to understand the parts of your violin and help you maximize your playing experience! These accessories can help you to produce a richer sound or avoid unfortunate damages. Now, let’s check them!
The Violin Strings
With the wide range of strings brans out there is hard to know which to choose and the one that fits your purposes better. Also, a right set can make a massive difference, as you can get different brightness, tonal quality, and tension.
The first step is to find out what you want as sound/timbre for your instrument. The strings can power the tone, and today many strings manufacturers offer differents possibilities, with characteristics such as bright, dark, warm, clear, etc.
Don’t forget to analyze the cost-benefit, some strings with a higher price will give you what you’re looking for, but on the other hand, they might have a shorter life.
That’s why a second opinion can help you. Talk to experienced musicians who have already invested and tried many strings and have already chosen some of their preferences.
In our opinion, too much tension is not so good. Over time, strings with a lot of tension can cause the instrument to lose resonance due to excessive pressure on the top.
And two more things:
-Charts from the strings manufacturers can help you find the string the way you want.
-And, if you want to keep your strings in good condition, clean the strings with a dry cloth, wiping the sweat by rubbing the cloth on them every time after practice/performance.
This invention has been making musicians’ life so much easier! However, with so many different kinds of chin rests out there, it is hard to choose one that fits your needs.
What you need to remember is that a Chinrest is a personal choice, so it must adapt to you and your chin shape. Not the other way around.
So, if you like to keep your chin on top of the tailpiece, you should use a central chinrest so that your chin is not too close to the tailpiece.
Although it depends a lot, our general advice is to avoid the ones made with heavy material. Excess weight can interfere with the resonance of the instrument.
Another important thing not to interfere with the instrument’s resonance is to look at the area where the chinrest touches the violin; its base should not be too large, and it should not advance too far into the central region of the instrument.
The Violin Pegs
A peg is placed at the far end of the fingerboard, in the head, at the pegbox, which actually holds the strings firmly in place, and they are used to secure the strings on your violin.
There are different types and designs of pegs in the market, but it’ll help you if you pick those that have the two parts of the handle parallel so that it helps to support the finger for tuning. For the material, it’s better to go for the ones that are made of harder materials, such as ebony and boxwood, not easy to deform.
When placing them, think of positioning them in a way that facilitates your movement at the time of tuning—in other words, do not leave them in a position that requires you to be a contortionist to be able to tune it.
And remember, to always keep them well adapted. Otherwise, they won’t hold on tight when you tune your instrument.
The Shoulder Rest
Your function is to help to support the weight of the violin while playing, and most of them also add extra comfort as well. They can alter how you stand behind your instrument as well as the angle of your violin on your shoulder.
To find a shoulder rest well for you, we advise you to look at a few factors:
- The model should adapt to the contour of your shoulder.
- It must not be slippery, and the base must be adherent. Does it keep holding the violin tight? It should have a system that guarantees that it will not detach from the instrument.
- It must not be too high; it is not made to fill the gap between your chin and your shoulder; it is only made to give you stability.
The violin model has changed little over the years, which means the design of the violin is just about perfect. Yet, one of the small changes the violin has undergone is the tailpiece and each different type can really interfere with the sound of your instrument!
The one to be chosen should be the one that is more adapted to the instrument and that responds better to what the musician wants.
Violin Fine Tuner
This mechanical device for tuning a violin is attached to the tailpiece at the bottom of the instrument. The one you choose, it can affect the pitch of a violin.
The ideal fine tuner should be small, easy to rotate, should not be too long, and its start must coincide with the tailpiece’s nut so that it does not change the tuning of the E string after length.
Most professionals use a fine tuner only on the E string, first because it is kind of hard to make the tuning on that string only on the peg. The fine tuner is a solution that significantly facilitates the tuning of this string, as it is a steel-string and is not very elastic. But if you don’t want to use it, another solution would be the pegs. Some of them also play the role of a fine tuner.