How to Put an End to A violin’s Squeaky E Strings in 3 Easy Steps

Understanding a violin’s vibrations and connections can give you control when engaging the string

The Problem

One of the most annoying sounds on the violin is the squeaking open E string. It’s most likely to occur during a quick series of slurred notes when the bow doesn’t engage adequately with the string.

The Solution

There must be a lot of wasted energy expended at that moment, or else the squeak wouldn’t be so powerful and piercing, so let’s take all that energy and put it to better use. To cure the disease, you must explore how to engage the string, time the moment of engagement, and—to use the universal language of string players—get into the string.

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*This article appeared in Strings February 2012
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