Switching between strings on violin?

Asked by: Rhonda Harris

What order do you change the strings on a violin?

The proper order for the strings of a violin is: low to high – G, D, A, and then E.

Can you play two strings at once on violin?

In music, a double stop is the technique of playing two notes simultaneously on a stringed instrument such as a violin, a viola, a cello, or a double bass. On instruments such as the Hardanger fiddle it is common and often employed. In performing a double stop, two separate strings are bowed or plucked simultaneously.

Can you change violin strings all at once?

Should I change all violin strings at once? You may change all violin strings at once but you should NEVER remove all the strings at the same time. You can also wait a day or two between changing each string, so the bridge doesn’t move as the strings settle.

Is changing violin strings easy?

Changing a string can seem a bit daunting. But if you're patient and work slowly you shouldn't have too many problems you want to begin by holding the violin in a secure position I recommend sitting

Which violin strings go to which peg?

Start winding the string onto the peg. Wind the left pegs (G and D on violin, C and G on viola) counter-clockwise and the right pegs (A and E on violin, D and A on viola) clockwise.

Which violin strings are dominant?

For years, many violinists and violists used the same kind of string for the three lower strings, sometimes using a different top string. For instance, a standard setup was Thomastik Dominant A, D, and G, and a Pirastro Gold-Label E. Violists have used Dominant D, G, and C, with a Jargar (or Larsen) A.

Why is it called double stop?

Some think of the phrase “double stop” purely from a bowing perspective. In other words, you bow two strings together, regardless of what your left hand is doing (so this would include two open strings). To me, a ‘stopping’ is essentially a left-hand thing.

How do you not play two strings on a violin?

So that's number one is watch the elbow position number. Two is use the whole bow. So how do you guys are just using way too little bow when you're playing the violin.

Can violins play 3 notes at once?

You’re right, you can’t play three notes at once on the violin with a normal bow and pressure. What’s almost certainly meant here is an arpeggio, playing the three notes quickly one after the other.

Can I restring a violin myself?

Changing the strings on your violin can be a daunting task. But rather than spending time and money getting a luthier to restring your instrument, you can replace them yourself with this step-by-step guide. Learning to restring a violin is a valuable skill.

Do violinists change their own strings?

Often, violin shops will offer to change them for you, either for free or for a small fee. This works well if you don’t wish to take up lesson time, having your teacher change strings. On the other hand, having your teacher change your strings can be an opportunity for you to learn how to do it.

Why is it so hard to tune a violin?

Many factors can contribute to problems with tuning: ill-fitting pegs that slip or stick; fine tuners that don’t work; old strings that have gone false. One of my adult students this week had decided to get fine tuners on all his strings to make it easier to tune.

How long does it take for new violin strings to settle?

If you’ve fitted new strings to your instrument, they will take some time to stretch and settle. With most modern violin strings this is usually fairly quick, one or two days, but strings with a synthetic core or gut will sometimes take a week or two to settle.

Does a violin get better with age?

It depends on two things: the quality of the violin, and the quality of the playing that is occurring on the violin. I’ve spoken before about teaching a violin: a good violin will “open up” over time, but you’ll improve its voice most by playing it frequently, playing it in tune, making the wood vibrate, etc.

How can you tell violin strings apart?

The bottom of the string will show the brand and manufacturer and the scroll end winding color will designate for which string (GDA or E). Some strings (in the scroll) end, will have a simple stripe band after the color to show something additional, like a heavy or light gauge of that version.

Does the color of the violin matter?

It’s more a matter of taste. Sure, there are specific qualities of sound that will certainly improve the overall voice of a violin, just like higher quality ingredients will result in better tasting food.

How do you break in new violin strings?

Start with the g-string. And with a little pressure on each finger throw up the string up and down but you don't want to burn your fingers.

What color is D string?

However, bass guitar strings follow different color code than standard guitar strings. From top to bottom strings, including the 5th, it goes like this: 1st G – green. 2nd D – black.

How do you know which string is which?

A gauge marking this says 13s that means the thinnest string is . 013 inches and all the rest of them are gauged to go with that.

What color is the B string?

The color code D’Addario uses is thinnest gauge to largest gauge, as follows: Silver – High e. Purple – B. Green – G.