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New Rosin on New Violin Bow

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PinkBuffalo Sat 14-Jan-17 19:11:57

I'm hoping someone may be able to help. I have had a few violin lessons, and so today have invested in a new student violin so I can practice at home.
I cannot for the life of me get enough rosin on the bow to get a sound. The rosin is new as well.
I will be grateful if anyone has any advice, as I don't really want to wait another week before my next lesson.
Thanks

7SunshineSeven7 Sat 14-Jan-17 19:14:59

Have you tried rubbing the roisin with something else first? Just so its not as smooth? (sorry not played in years so don't know if you're not meant to do this anymore haha).

sdfasdfadsfadsf Sat 14-Jan-17 19:22:02

Try scratching the rosin with a penny, if it's new, it'll be too smooth to actually stick to the bow.

semideponent Sat 14-Jan-17 19:25:02

You want the rosin to turn white at the edges, OP, before you rub it (thoroughly and hard) against the bow. Scratching it with a penny is a good suggestion.

PinkBuffalo Sat 14-Jan-17 19:26:42

Thankyou for the quick replies smile
I did use an emery board on the rosin first as I wasn't getting anywhere with it being shiny. Online advice on YouTube said to do this. I still can't seem to get it on though. All afternoon I've been trying to do this

sdfasdfadsfadsf Sat 14-Jan-17 19:27:14

Also, after the first time of using the rosin, you don't need to use anywhere near as much on the second time you use it. It might be a bit slippery but as you use the rosin, a groove will form

PinkBuffalo Sat 14-Jan-17 19:27:54

Maybe I will try with the penny and see if that makes a difference

PinkBuffalo Sat 14-Jan-17 19:51:12

Well, using the penny and rubbing vigorously is making some improvement! I shall persevere with this method and hopefully be up and running by tomorrow.

Thank you all so much for your help. I was getting very frustrated!

PinkBuffalo Sat 14-Jan-17 20:05:18

I am now getting a tune out of the violin smile
It sounds a bit screechy in the E but I'm guessing that's because it's all new stuff, and the one at the teachers has been well used.
Thank you all again. I knew mumsnet would help me!

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