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How much rosin do I use?

by Jessica
(marion)

I just got a violin and I don't know why the hair is snapping and breaking?

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Marie from Learning How to Play the Violin:

Hi Jessica!

You have several very good questions here about violin rosin and bows.

Typically, you should rosin your bow around 10 strokes up and down. After you rosin and play, if you notice a thick white coating of rosin on the string you might want to rosin a little less. You do not typically need to rosin more than once per day. Be sure to wipe off rosin dust from the strings and wood under the strings after you finish playing.

If you see more than a few bow hairs snapping off, make sure you are not over-tightening your bow before you play. The distance between the stick and the hair should not be much more than the width of an ordinary pencil in the middle of the bow.

New bows or new bow hair will tend to snap off some until it settles in. If the bow hair falls out more than about 2 or 3 hairs at a time, you might need to bring the bow into a music store or violin store for a second opinion.

I hope this helps you! Good luck as you continue learning violin!

Marie

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