Should you untune your violin after practicing?

by | Jul 12, 2013 | Maintenance | 6 comments

I got a question from Ivan: Hi Zlata, I just recently started playing the violin. Now I know how to use the bow and so far I’m getting good at it. But my question is: should I untune the violin right after I’m done using it?

 Why would you want to untune the violin?

You do not want to do that! Maybe this sounds logical to do because you hear all the time that you have to untighten your bow. So maybe your thought was I need to untighten the violin too! There is around 25-35 kilos weight resting on your violin when the strings are tuned. But your violin is made for that, it can survive centuries with that tension! It is even better for your violin to leave it tuned and it saves you also a lot of work.

What I forgot to mention in this video…

The lifetime of strings will be longer if you take care that the tension on the strings doesn’t change too much. Change of tension will ruin your strings. Keep your violin tuned!

Thank you for your good question. Maybe a lot of beginners have the same question and can’t find the answer on the internet because you don’t untunte your violin but you need to know that.

Is this video useful to you? Please let me know in the comments!

Love,

Zlata

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6 Comments

  1. Antonio Murillo

    Does one replace the bow strands , or just purchase a new bow!

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  2. Stephen Koscica

    Bow hair will last about 1-2 years before the playing will get to it (in 4- 6 months) of heavy playing, or just by dust mites that eat hair!! So you have to ask oneself, is the cost of a rehair ($60-90) greater than buying a new bow??? Nowadays with cheaper Chinese bows on the market, it can almost be better and cheaper to just buy another new bow. Obviously though, buying a good (and expensive) bow, for at least more than $300, you will want a re-hair.

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  3. Adam Olson

    Hi Zlata! When playing fast detachè passages on the violin, I’ve always been struggling to move the forearm really fast and I always tense up a bit. I’ve recently noticed that you can use wrist movement to move the bow really fast instead of using your arm. I’m getting better and better at that, but how are you supposed to move the bow without making it jump and to keep it on the string? This is after all the same technique used for sautillè.
    Best wishes, Adam

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    • Violinist Zlata Brouwer

      Yes, exactly, Adam, the trick is adding weight and pivoting your hand a bit in the direction of the tip. Also search for a good place on the bow. Does this help?

      Reply

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