Thursday, April 21, 2005

Rosin

To rosin your bow, you simply rub the rosin along the full length. Ten or twenty times should be enough. Horsehair has tiny fibres and the rosin helps these fibres stand out so they grip onto the strings.
Ironically the rosin is not good for the fiddle. After a while too much rosin will be left on the string and the fiddle may start to squeek. The string have to be cleaned with a dry cotton rag. Make sure your dog or cat is nearby, as they love the squeeky sound of cleaning excess rosin from your strings.
You should also clean the rosin from the fiddle itself and the rosin can harm the finish.

9 comments:

Anonymous said...

I love your blog!

Another way to clean strings is to use alchohol on a clean cotton rag.

I go all the way up to the nut to remove dirt and oil that was transfered from my hands. A great confidence booster!

A caveat: DO NOT get alchohol on the body of your instrument! It may dissolve the finish, and that would not be cool.

Ben.

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