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Scratchy E string

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Scratchy E string    16:18 on Wednesday, November 06, 2013 Vote for this post Vote against this post 0 votes

Lidiya
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I have been playing violin for several months now, but the whole time the E string has been very scratchy. I got my teacher to replace the string and it was still scratchy, even when she tried it, and she is very skilled so technique is not the issue. I have a Christmas concert coming up and would really like to play silent night but that requires playing the E string. I have looked everywhere for how to fix it and need to find out soon. Thanks!

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Re: Scratchy E string    09:04 on Wednesday, December 18, 2013 Vote for this post Vote against this post 0 votes

Kalki
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If you are a beginner, a scratchy sound is fairly common for many months of playing, especially on the E string. A scratchy sound, if the string is tuned correctly, could also possibly be saying that something is out of alignment.with the nut or the E-string bridge protector. You also said that you got a new E-String, could the new one be of an inferior quality compared to the first one that you were using. Not all E-strings are created equal and some are just bad.
It is hard to say from your description of the peg issue what is actually wrong if anything. Pegs need to be pushed in while tuning. You always tune up to the notes and never down to it. Only use the fine tuners for the final tuning. Be very careful, especially with the E-string, not to get the string up against the peg box wall or it could get pinched and broken.
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Retired professional violin maker and repairmen w/ 35 years experience in the retail violin market

Source:
Retired professional violin maker and repairmen w/ 35 years experience in the retail violin market

check out http://www.violininformation.webs.com for lots of useful info on violins, their care and maintenance and especially on pegs slipping

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