How to Stop Surface Noise on the Violin and Create a Deep Sound | Violin Lounge TV #367
This video gives you some tips to stop that superficial sound on the violin and create a beautiful full tone instead:
Before applying the tips in this video in your playing, identify what your problem really is
The cause of surface noise or a whistling sound is usually too little weight and too high bow speed.
The cause of scratching and squeaking is usually too much weight and too little bow speed. I show you the difference in the video.
You have to apply the right proportions of speed and weight.
Lots of violin players get a superficial sound by trying to avoid squeaks and scratches
Besides weight and speed, it’s also important to know how much hair you use ideally.
By tilting the bow towards the scroll, you play with less hair and that sounds softer. This should be applied deliberately and not be a habit. It can also sound superficial.
You need to know where on the bow you play something.
Near the frog you have more power and near the tip you’ll automatically sound softer.
Thought you were done? Nope, there’s contact point!
This is the place on the string. Near the bridge you get a bright sound and near the fingerboard (or above the fingerboard) you get a softer muffled sound.
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Summary of the 5 factors that you need to balance for a great sound on the violin:
- Weight: you transfer from your arm through your index finger to the bow using the bow and string as a spring system
- Speed: the speed in which you move the bow over the string
- Hair: whether you tilt the bow or not
- Place: where on the bow you play something
- Contact point: place on the string