Why do my violin strings keep breaking?
If your violin strings keep breaking near the pegs or near the tailpiece, it could mean there is extra friction being applied to the string/s, causing them to break or snap. We recommend having your violin examined by a luthier (string instrument repairer) to avoid breakages in the future. When fitting any new strings to your violin, be sure to slowly tighten the string to avoid breakages.
How do I fit strings to my violin?
Using a soft graphite pencil, ‘colour’ in the corresponding groove on the bridge and at the top of the fingerboard (near the pegbox). This will ensure the string slides smoothly through these contact points and does not catch on any part of the instrument. Insert the plain end of the string into the corresponding peg hole. Tighten the string by winding the peg away from you. Keep the other hand pulling the string away from the peg to maintain tension on the string. This will keep the string ‘straight’ on the peg. Cross the string over itself once at the start of the tightening process and then wind the remainder of the string towards the peg ‘head’ ensuring that it remains neat on the peg. This will ensure that your pegs do not continue to slip and that they are easily tuned.
How do I tune a violin?
The violin is tuned in 5ths. The top string is E then A, D and finally the lowest string is G (below middle C). You can refine the tuning with the use of a tuner or tuning fork to help you find the correct pitch. When tuning a small amount, you'll only need to use the fine tuners. If the string is largely out of tune, it is important to always lower the pitch using the peg before trying to raise it. This will ensure that your string does not get over tightened. When using the fine tuners, turning them clockwise ensures the pitch is raised. If you turn it anti-clockwise, the pitch is lowered. ‘Lefty-Loosey, Righty-Tighty’ is a great rhyme to help you remember.
My violin strings sound squeaky, how can I fix this?
If your violin strings sound squeaky, it may mean that you need to use less rosin on your bow, to prevent a raspy tone from occurring, or you may need to replace your strings. Strings are crafted using precious metals and materials that deteriorate over time. If your violin strings are over a year old and sounding squeaky, chances are they need to be replaced. Book an online or in-store appointment with us to determine the source of the squeaking sound today.
My violin strings sound bad, what strings should I try next?
If your violin strings sound "bad", it may mean that you need to use less rosin on your bow, to prevent a raspy tone from occurring, or you may need to upgrade your string. Strings are crafted using precious metals and materials that deteriorate over time. If your violin strings are over a year old and sounding bad, chances are it needs to be replaced. Some of our favourites include Pirastro Tonica, Larsen, D'Addario Kaplan Amo and Pirastro Obligato strings if you're wanting a warm tone. If you're wanting a brighter tone, some of our favourites include Pirastro Evah Pirazzi, D'Addario Kaplan Vivo or D'Addario Prelude strings.
I'm nervous about fitting a new string, can you fit it for me?
Here at Simply for Strings, we fit any strings purchased from us to your instrument for free. We'd be more than happy to show you our tips and tricks along the way so you can also learn more about changing and fitting strings to your instrument. Appointments and walk-ins are welcomed at any time at our Brisbane store.
What size violin strings do I need?
The size of the violin strings we sell are indicated at the end of the product title, ie. 4/4, 3/4, 1/2-3/4, 15"-17". We recommend purchasing strings that have been manufactured for the violin size you play on, so the playability and tension are optimised for your instrument. If you're not sure what size violin you play on, please use our String Instrument Measurement Chart on our blog to measure your instrument.