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Bow doesn't contact the string in higher positions

Mar 5, 2021 - 2:36:51 PM
4 posts since 6/24/2007

It's kind of embarrassing to admit this after playing (or trying to play) for a couple years; however, yesterday as I was practicing scales I was frustrated that I couldn't get a clean tone when I was playing notes higher up on the D and A strings. So when I stopped to study the situation I noticed that when I'm fretting either of the two center strings in a high position the bow simply can't contact the string because it sits well below the adjacent strings. I'm not at home so I'm using a Yamaha EV104 when I practice to keep the noise down, but I assume that the same would be true if I was home and using my acoustic violin. I assume the curve of the bridge on my Yamaha is pretty standard and the problem would be even worse for those using a flatter bridge.

Thoughts? Guidance?

Thanks

Mar 5, 2021 - 3:08:15 PM
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1445 posts since 5/13/2008

Oh, take it to a luthier for fresh set-up adjustment. You will fall in love with fiddling all over again.

Mar 5, 2021 - 3:13:27 PM
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360 posts since 6/11/2019

Yeah, luthier. I'd say action is too high.

Mar 5, 2021 - 3:33:05 PM

Peghead

USA

1601 posts since 1/21/2009

Maybe your bridge is not curved enough ?

Mar 5, 2021 - 3:42:20 PM
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Swing

USA

2009 posts since 6/26/2007

If not the suggested thoughts, try bowing closer to the bridge in higher positions

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Swing

Mar 5, 2021 - 3:45:25 PM

2665 posts since 9/13/2009

Possibly bowing too far away from the bridge.

two center strings in a high position the bow simply can't contact the string because it sits well below the adjacent strings.

Not sure how/where you are checking. Right at the bridge the string can't go below the adjacent strings. The string pushed down to the fingerboard will go below the adjacent strings at some point along length, gets somewhat closer to bridge as you go up in position. The bridge/string height can affects this as well.  That said, most normal set-ups give plenty of bowing space; but if trying to bow over end of fingerboard, might be a problem in higher positions.

Mar 5, 2021 - 5:10:21 PM
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368 posts since 3/1/2020

You need to go to a luthier. Don’t assume that the Yamaha setup is any good!

Mar 5, 2021 - 6:21:11 PM

4 posts since 6/24/2007

My thanks to each of you for your responses and suggestions - I appreciate it.

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