How to change Strings on a Violin

Why change strings

When a string snaps of course!

A string that is old and frayed needs to be replaced.

Strings gradually lose their warmth and brilliance. This happens even on instruments not played frequently. Students should generally replace the strings on their instruments yearly.

A note of caution
Try not to remove all at one go. This can result in the soundpost falling off since removing the strings takes off the tension on the top plate. Rather replace one string at a time.

Winding a string on the peg

This diagram displays the correct method of winding a string on to the peg.
violin strings While inserting the string in to the peg ensure an extra half inch show up on the other side. Now wind the peg so that the string overlaps on the string end. Wind the string in an even manner so that it hold tightly on to the peg. A note of caution: The string should not squeeze in too tightly against the edge of the peg box. This can lead to the peg becoming too tight and possibly resulting in cracking the cheek of the peg box.

Most strings have a break-in period of a few days before they settle, stay in tune and sound their very best.

Apply pencil lead in the grooves of the nut and bridge before stringing a violin. This lubricates and helps in reducing friction while tightening strings.

The correct sequence of stringing a violin is to start with the G, E, D and lastly the A string, making sure your bridge does not begin to lean forward or backwards.

One Response to “How to change Strings on a Violin

  • kasibhatta srishanth
    7 months ago

    Thankyou Peter. very well depiction of replacement of strings.
    kasibhatta srishanth

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