Often heard from a panicked Violin Mom:
Bad news. Unfortunately while tuning the violin I snapped the e string. Can you fix it? Or does it go back to the violin shop?
First things first; don’t panic! Broken strings are common occurrences, and the fix is simple. Simply replace the string with a matching pitched string. Here is a recommendation for a good quality, inexpensive replacement string set:
As with all violin strings, be sure to order the correct size for your instrument; 4/4 is the choice for standard full size instruments, but all string instruments are made in a range of sizes. Check the label inside your instrument; it will usually show a size designation such as 4/4, 1/2, 1/8, etc.
Here are seven things you can do to prevent breaking strings prematurely and to minimize inconvenience when breaks occur:
1. As a violin parent, learn to tune the violin properly. The easiest way to break a string, especially an E string, is to tune it too high. Don’t ask your 5 year old student to perform this operation!
2. Before installing new strings, lubricate the 2 contact points at the bridge and nut of the violin with a small amount of pencil lead.
3. Be sure that your instrument has quality tuning pegs that operate smoothly. Pegs that slip make you tune the strings more frequently, adding stress and reducing their life.
4. When tuning, gradually raise the pitch of the string to the required note, but not more than a small amount above. On student violins, use the fine tuners to make small adjustments, in lieu of the tuning pegs, which can be more difficult to operate.
5. Use an electronic tuner when learning how to tune. Tuning by ear is risky, if you’re not trained in that approach.
6. Practice often, and tune at least once at the beginning of every practice session. A neglected violin is more likely to lose its tuning by a large amount.
7. Purchase quality strings that are correctly sized for your instrument. Keep a spare set in your case, and perhaps more than one spare on the E string.
The video below explain the proper way to change a string. Important: Change one string at a time. Never remove all your violin strings at once.[leadplayer_vid id=”5237235948A84″] —
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