Rosin doesn’t work on the bow?



Asked by: Bayle Klippstein

No. Rosin is made of tree sap, and it helps the bow strings to have more friction so the violin will make a sound. A quarter will not rub anything off, so it wouldn’t work. It could damage the strings.

Why is my rosin not sticking to my bow?





if there is not enough rosin on the bow, lacking the necessary friction the musician plays with increased pressure used to compensate this. As a general rule: for refreshing 6-7 even strokes from frog to tip are sufficient -for a freshly cleaned bow you should make 10- 12 strokes over the entire length of the bow.

Why is rosin not working?

Yes – new rosin is shiny and so won’t get applied to the bow hair (it simply slides along the bow). You’ll need to scratch the the rosin, either with sandpaper or, (as my teacher used to do) with a penknife, until there’s a layer of white dust on the rosin. You should then be able to apply it to the bow.

How do I get my rosin to work?


Back and forth ten or twenty times out to the tip. Ten or twenty times then back and forth a whole bunch. And then you keep doing that.

Why won’t my bow work on my violin?

If your violin does not make any sound, your bow is likely new or your bow has just been re-haired. A bow needs rosin to grip the strings and make a sound. Take your new rosin and break it in with 400 grit sandpaper.

Why is my rosin so runny?





The higher the temperature between the plates, the more likely you’ll achieve a sappy, more runny rosin. Once cooled, this higher-temp rosin often becomes the pull n snap variety. The method of curing is the best lever to pull when transforming rosin’s consistency.

Can you put too much rosin on a bow?

Too much rosin will make the bow feel stickier as it moves across the strings. Excess rosin can generate a cloud of rosin dust as you play, and the sound will be harsh and scratchy. Rosin debris will fall onto the surface of the instrument and, over time, can damage the varnish and the wood.

How do I apply rosin to my bow?

So go all the way to the bottom. So this is what I do is just do some little scrubbing. On the flat of the bow.

Is violin rosin supposed to be sticky?

Your rosin has to be sticky enough to grab the strings and help you make a sound with your instrument. But, if your rosin is too sticky it feels slow and gums up your strings. If it’s not sticky enough, it feels like you’re skating across the top of the string and expending a lot of energy for not much sound.

How long does it take to rosin a new bow?

You’ll probably only have to go up and down the bow 3 or 4 times to get the correct amount of rosin on the bow. In most situations, you’ll only have to rosin the bow per 3-5 hours of play time.



Should I scratch my rosin?

Gently scratch the surface (“gently” is the key word here – you don’t need to press hard at all), working back and forth until the surface is dulled or scored. You shouldn’t gouge or poke the rosin. Once the glossy surface is dulled, the rosin is ready to adhere to your bow.

How often should I rosin my bow?

once every 4-6 hours

Generally, we find that players are reapplying rosin once every 4-6 hours or solid playing. For professionals, this is usually once a day, but for beginners playing 15-30 minutes a day, we find that once a week is plenty.



What should rosin look like?

Violin rosin is made by heating fresh liquid resin, until it becomes solid. It smells a bit like pine and has a glassy, orange look. It also has a very brittle texture, which means that as soon as you accidentally drop it onto a hard floor, it can shatter like glass (the bugbear of every clumsy string player).

How do you revive old rosin?

Put a quarter size amount of alcohol-based hand sanitizer or 50/50 rubbing alcohol and water in the bottom of a small Tupperware container, put the rosin in a pops rosin container with the lid open, or any other method that does not allow the rosin to touch the alcohol. Leave overnight and your rosin will be soft.

Should I store my rosin in the fridge?

High moisture and heat environments are post-pressed rosin’s worst enemies. Solventless extracts, like hash rosin, need to be kept cold, to be frozen, or refrigerated to preserve as many terpenes as possible. When rosin starts to deteriorate, its appearance will transform and significantly increase its aroma and taste.