It is a well-known fact among violinists that new strings need to be broken in in order for their sound to develop. In this article we will discuss how to break in new violin strings and some tips that will help the process go as smoothly as possible.
Before you start stringing up your instrument, make sure you have a good bow and that it is properly adjusted. This will not only improve the tone you produce, but it will also allow your strings to break in much more quickly.
If you aren’t happy with the bow that came with your instrument, I would suggest purchasing a replacement. It is very important to use a bow that is properly matched to your violin in order to get the best tone.
First, loosen the peg and remove the old string. Be sure to save the end of the string – it may come in handy for a future replacement. Also, make sure to loosen the fine tuners as well. If you leave them tight, they can scratch the finish of your instrument and also cause a kink in the string that will eventually lead to a break.
Once you have removed the old string, take the new one and wind it around the peg until there is no slack in the string. Then carefully place the new string into its proper slot, ensuring it is not twisted with any other string or wrapped around anything it shouldn’t be. It is also a good idea to lubricate the nut and bridge with rosin, but only after you have put the string in correctly.
If you have a geared peg, make sure to turn the peg slowly and evenly, back and forth, in order to work the lubrication into the peg and hole. This will make the next time you change your strings easier, as it will prevent them from getting stuck on the peg or slipping off.
Finally, it is always a good idea to keep extra violin strings in your case. This way you will have a backup in the event that a string breaks or if it gets tangled up with other strings while you are playing.
As you can see, changing your violin’s strings is not a difficult task. Follow these simple steps and you will have beautiful new violin strings in no time. Be sure to regularly change your violin’s strings, as this will not only ensure that you have the right tone but it will also decrease the likelihood of your strings breaking from wear and tear. With a little bit of patience and consistent practice, your strings will be ready to produce the sounds you desire. So, be patient and play often, and your violin will sound amazing! Happy playing! And don’t forget to shop Johnson String Instrument for all of your violin needs. We carry a large selection of violin accessories and replacement strings, so you can be prepared for any situation.