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Fitting a New Violin String

How to fit a new violin string

Replacing the strings on your violin or viola is one of those routine maintenance jobs that every violin student has to learn to do at some point. Learning how to fit a new violin string properly can save you some real headaches.

Violin and viola strings will break from time to time but they also lose tonal and playing quality and may need to be replaced before they break or show any obvious visible signs of wear.


How to fit a new violin string

Talk to your teacher about which type and brand of string is most appropriate for your instrument but also remember that if you have fine tuners on the tailpiece you need to get strings with a ball end.

There some important steps to keep in mind when you are fitting violin strings:

  • Only change one string at a time otherwise the sound post and bridge might fall over
  • Run a lead pencil in the grooves on the nut and bridge to help the strings run more smoothly and easily when being adjusted
  • Apply some peg paste if the pegs are sticking
  • Insert the string into the peg so that 1 or 2 mm extend out the other side
  • Wind the string onto the peg from the narrowest part of the peg to the fattest—this prevents the string jamming against the peg box
  • Check the bridge is straight after tuning up the string

There are lots of other factors that come into play too when fitting strings. In fact, fitting your strings really nicely can be a bit of an art form and will make a world of difference to the ease of tuning.

Pro-am Strings series is offering you the opportunity to take part in a free online violin forum where you can learn all the tricks of the trade for fitting your violin or viola strings like a pro. Pro-Am Strings’ free live online class is designed to help all beginning violin and viola students, young and old, learn to fit strings with ease.

Don’t get tied up in knots about fitting a new string; join Henriette de Vrijer, your online violin/viola teacher on Tuesday 30th January 2018 at 11am London time, and a wonderfully supportive violin/viola community, as she shares best string fitting secrets.

This post was written by Stylus writer, a former professional violinist/ violist who has taken his gift for phrasing and tone into the world of words. You can learn more about his work at http://styluswriter.com/

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