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How to Change a Violin String

Hello Everyone,

For today’s video, I will not only be showing you an easy way to change your violin string but also a couple tricks that will make your violin much easier to tune.

Usually peoples biggest fear is that the are going to break their violin. It’s not really that easy to break your violin and you don’t need to be afraid.

The 2 biggest mistakes people make when putting on a violin string is:

1. They over-tighten the string and it breaks. This is especially problematic with the E string.

2. They wind the string on the peg incorrectly and this makes tuning the violin difficult when they are done.

—To make sure that you do not over tighten your string, make sure you have something available to emit the pitch of the string, so all you have to do is match the pitch. You can use an electronic keyboard, a piano, a pitch pipe a computer or even your phone!

—To make sure that your violin is easy to tune when you are done (so your pegs do not slip), make sure you wind the strings against the sides of the scroll box.

Step 1. Remove the broken or old string from the violin. Wind the peg counterclockwise to remove all of the string from the peg and make sure you remove it from the tailpiece as well.

Step 2. Please the ball or loop end of the string in the tailpiece or fine tuner on the bottom of the violin and keep tension on the string with one hand so the string does not pop out of the tailpiece.

Step 3. Insert the other end of the string into the peg. It’s a good idea to make sure that it goes through the peg at least 1/2 inch.

Step4. Slowly start to rewind the peg clockwise on the peg. The most important part of this step is that you gently push the peg in WHILE you are turning it. You must also make sure that you are directing the string to wind against the side of the scroll box that is nearest the peg you are turning.

Step 5. When the string is about too tight to hold with your fingers, make sure that it is correctly inside the notch on the nut (near the scroll box, it’s black) and the bridge. Now tune the string to pitch and you are done!

Good luck!