How can I straighten a violin tailpiece (and do I need to)?

Asked by: Sharon Carroll

How do you adjust a violin tailpiece?

And you just adjust the length of the tail piece where by turning the screws clockwise to tighten or to make the tail get shorter. Or counterclockwise to loosen or to make the tail wear.

How do you straighten a bridge on a violin?

And I'm gonna take my middle and ring fingers. And set them along the back of the bridge. And my thumb along the front and then I'm going to use my index fingers to help move.

Does violin tailpiece affect sound?

While the primary function of the tailpiece is to connect the strings to the end of your stringed instrument, tailpiece can have a significant effect on the sound and playability of your instrument.

Should a violin bridge be vertical?

The bridge must always be placed vertically to the body of the electric or classical violin. To check the position of the bridge, simply look at its position with the naked eye from above or from the side.

How far should the tailpiece be from the bridge?

Usually the distance from the center of the bridge to the fret of the tailpiece (after length) is 1/6 that of the length of the strings measured from the center of the bridge to the fret of the fingerboard (effective string length). The distance of the tailpiece from the bridge influences the sound of an instrument.

How do you pick a chin rest for a violin?

How to Choose a Violin Chinrest

  1. Check your playing position. How do you feel most comfortable playing?
  2. Locate the position of your chin on your instrument. …
  3. Decide what shape rest fits your jawline. …
  4. Decide the height of the chinrest you will need. …
  5. Decide what material you would like for your chinrest.

Can a warped violin bridge be straightened?

I'm going to put pressure down the center. I can feel it even caving under the the heat of the iron. And i'm just rolling the iron. Forward. So it smells a little bit like potato chips.

Should the bridge be straight?

Bridge is very important yet delicate. To ensure it is in its proper, straight position, first hold the instrument up and look straight at the bridge, making sure it’s standing at a right angle. It should be straight and parallel to the fingerboard and centered between the f-holes.

How do you tell if your violin bridge is straight?

An easy way to check whether or not your bridge is straight is to take a straight edge and rest it against the length of the bridge on the tailpiece side. If the base and side of the straight edge rest against the top plate of the violin and the side of the bridge, then your bridge is straight.

How tight should violin strings be?

It all sound a bit grainy perhaps. So just have it a little bit tight and so the hairs are tight but just so you've got a nice you've got a nice curve going in the middle of the bow there.

Are violin bridges glued?

You might already know that the bridge is not glued onto your violin or viola. When it would be, it wouldn’t be able to transfer the vibrations (sound) from your strings to the soundboard. Glue would block the vibrations and work like a mute. This means the bridge has to stand loose on the violin or viola.

Should a violin bridge have notches?

In order to best transfer sound from the strings to the body of a violin, a bridge should be fitted with notches. These notches are cut into a violin’s bridge so that there is one notch for each string on the violin. The primary reason for cutting notches in the bridge is to set the string heights correctly.

Which way should a violin bridge face?

Then, place your bridge between the F-shaped slits in your violin. Make sure the flat side of the bridge is facing down with the lower edge facing to your left. You also need the bridge to be at a 90-degree angle to the violin. Once you’ve lined it up, fit the strings into the bridge’s grooves and gently tighten them.

How long do violin bridges last?

If properly cared for, they can last a lifetime—or several lifetimes, in fact. I see bridges cut 50 years ago at the long-shuttered Wurlitzer, or even older, from the Hill shop.

Do I need a new violin bridge?

If the strings have worn deeply into the crown of the bridge then the. bridge needs to be replaced. Typically about 75% of the string should be sitting above the bridge rather than inside the notch. If it sits any further into the bridge then it is being muffled.

Can you replace your own violin bridge?

With very few detachable pieces on a violin, changing the bridge is one of the most essential tasks for a violin player to know. This task includes loosening the strings, removing the old bridge, prepping the new bridge with markings for strings, setting the new bridge, and retightening the strings.