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What up with the squeek???

Posted by bluray on Sunday, February 22, 2009

I am an intermediate bluegrass fiddle player who has a problem with squeeking! It doesn't happen that often but it makes me mad when it does. I dont know if its the quality of my bow, or if its just me. Any suggestions???

8 comments on “What up with the squeek???”

Rene Says:
Sunday, February 22, 2009 @1:00:46 PM

Could be a lot of things. Watch yourself in the mirror and see if your bow may be going a little sideways.
I think sometimes the fiddle throws in a squeak to keep us humble.
Keep playing.

Fiddle Says:
Sunday, February 22, 2009 @1:24:26 PM

Try more rosin, but not 2 much. Or maybe it's yr bow. Do u have horse hair or fiber? (it will make a difference. lol)

bj Says:
Sunday, February 22, 2009 @1:51:52 PM

The most likely cause of squeaks is if you're trying to go faster than you're ready for, and the bow skeeters slightly sideways out of alignment with the bridge. The cure is to slow it down just a bit until you are really playing it smoothly with no squeaks, and better bow control, then increase speed in very slow increments.

It is possible it could be the bow, but it might instead be the tension of your bowhair combined with a bit of the above. Try slacking off on the bowhair tension just a bit.

And yes, you can try different bows. We don't know much about what kind of gear you're using, so it's hard to say. But a beginner fiddler will make the best fiddle and bow sound awful, while a great fiddler can make a crappy fiddle and bow sound pretty good. I suspect you're somewhere in the middle of those two extremes. So much to learn . . .

fiddlepogo Says:
Sunday, February 22, 2009 @10:18:35 PM

If you mean the kind of squeaks where you get nothing but a squeak instead of a note, I STILL get them every now and then, often at gigs too!
I think it's cause by a combination of not enough rosin and touching the string
(usually the E) too lightly.

robinja Says:
Monday, February 23, 2009 @7:02:16 AM

I sometimes get squeaks when my strings are clogged with rosin. Use a cloth (or I actually use pantyhose!) and try rubbing some of the rosin off of the strings.

bluray Says:
Monday, February 23, 2009 @2:20:14 PM

Thanks for the info. (And if ur wondering I have a brazil wood bow thats not very good quality.) Im lookin 4 a pernambuco one.

Fiddle Says:
Tuesday, February 24, 2009 @7:44:57 PM

Hey, they have some really nice bows at and some of them r alot of $, but others r cheep. Mabye that will help! Good luck, and I hope you find the bow u want!

Samuel Roten Says:
Saturday, September 29, 2018 @6:08:49 PM

I have the same problem every now and then. I bought a new bow and it has helped a bit. Maybe more rosin, but really I think squeaking happens to everyone so unless it happens a lot I wouldn't worry too much about it.

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