Rosin on strings

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  • #58153

    Robin123
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    Hi All!

    I wipe my strings after each practice with a cotton t-shirt strip. Should I still feel the rosin on the strings after I wipe them? I cleaned them with alcohol 2 weeks so there isn’t a build up of rosin.

    The rosin is a light natural that costs $6 if that makes a difference.

    Thanks:o)

    #58158
    cricket
    cricket
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    I don’t know…I have to wipe mine off on my shirttail maybe every fifth or sixth time I play, but, I don’t rosin every time I play either…I probably only rosin about every fifth or sixth time too.  My guess would be certain strings tend to hold the rosin more and certain rosin tends to stick to the strings more, but hopefully somebody that knows more about it will find the post and give you a better answer.

    #58160
    rodger
    rodger
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    After you wipe the strings down Robin, I don’t think you can feel any build up on the strings, especially if you use alcohol.  I have the same issue, in that rosin will cake up on the string and that requires a different touch to play without being scratchy.  Whether it’s good or bad I don’t know, but the fastest way to get the caked on rosin off is to use my fingernail, then wipe it with the cloth.  (Sounds like scratching a chalkboard)  I like playing with clean strings, but I also want to be able to handle the rosin caked strings also, because it’s impossible to always keep the strings clean.  I think it’s true that some rosin won’t cake up as bad as others.  If you can figure out just how much rosin is needed without overdoing it is probably the most important thing to start with.

    #58162
    Steve Srader
    Steve Srader
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    I think the more sticky the rosin is , and high humidity , the strings start caking rosin building up hard deposits on strings messes with both tuning and the bows ability to vibrate the strings it can also cake and build up on the bow hair causing the same problems , John uses a tooth brush to remove excess rosin from the bow hair and separate the bow hairs that are sticking together , I brush out the bow hair when I am having violin string build up ?  By the way I accidentally spilled some Alcohol on my violin finish and ruined my perfect finish on my top plate so be careful with Alcohol if your using it to clean the strings , that’s how I messed up my violin finish it melted a spot of shellac the size of a quarter in just a few seconds .

    #58165

    Robin123
    Member

    Thanks Everyone.

    I usually do rosin before each practice. I’ll back off on that. I’ll also brush the bow hairs periodically.

    #58225

    John Cockman
    Keymaster

    Steve, sorry to hear about the rosin mishap.

    Robin, I rosin every three or four practice sessions. Like steve said, I recommend a regular brushing of the bow, maybe once a month, to prevent buildup. Especially in hot climates, too much rosin can fuse on the bow and become “glassy.” When that happens, the only way to salvage the hair is to dissolve the stuff in alcohol.

    #58311
    Nancy Parker
    Nancy Parker
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    Below is an interesting youtube on how to prevent humidity and temperature from damaging your violin and bow.  Bow hair and rosin build-up is also mentioned.

     

     

    #58323

    John Cockman
    Keymaster

    Fantastic, thank you Nancy.

    #58804
    Garyj
    Garyj
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    Just the thread I was looking for, thanks to those who contributed now I know that my strings should not be white! LOL!

    #58823
    cricket
    cricket
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    Swipe of a shirttail does wonders…lol.

    #58824
    Garyj
    Garyj
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    Thanks Cricket! It’s a little awkward when I’m wearing overalls to use my shirt tail. LOL

    What is the best rosin to use?

    • This reply was modified 5 months ago by Garyj Garyj. Reason: Added question
    #58836
    cricket
    cricket
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    I guess you gotta leave one of them side snaps open to grab a little bit of shirt outta there…lol.  Which rosin is open for discussion.  I personally prefer something dark for cold, dry weather, and light for humid weather.  Recently I tried a jade rosin and that’s really smooth, but it tends to build up on my strings more, so I gotta make sure I don’t wear overalls with that one…lol.

    #58848
    cricket
    cricket
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    Forgot to add, I can’t decid3 if the jade is dark or light…I’ve only had it in winter months, so far.

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