strings breaking too often?

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What can we do to have longer lasting strings?

So many factors determine the length of the life of the strings, but if you look at them one at a time, you will find that it is quite easy to understand what's wrong and what we can improve. Often it's something we can improve straight away by ourselves, so this checklist is definitely worth keeping in mind.


1. strength of the fingers of the left hand

2. moisture of your hands/humid environment

3. sharp edges or angles

  • the tailpiece (or the knot)
  • the bridge channels
  • the nut channels
  • the pegs
  • 4. Is your instrument too long for that pitch?

    5. could the string be too stiff?

    6. ...or too polished? (or both!!)

    ...wait a moment... what exactly means "too often"?

    7. are there evident defects in the string?

  • white spots of grease
  • lose twisting
  • irregular twisting

  • Ps: a little backstage, just for fun: those yellow things which seems to frame me in these videos... of course they were not meant but let me say I like them, they are making an interesting effect.

    Here is the mystery revealed: a little funny trick I learned from an online course on how to make better videos. This way you don't get distracted from your image on the display and you can really speak directly to that single interested person in the audience, which is you.

    (This, of course, was recorded just before my cartooning course, sorry!  πŸ€£)


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    baroque music, double-bass strings, early music, gut strings, gut strings history, gut strings maintenance, gut strings manufacture, viol strings, viola da gamba strings, viola strings, violin strings, violoncello strings


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