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Hi guys. How best can I get my bowed notes to ring with the same resonance as my pizzicato? The only way I can come close to doing this is by lifting the bow from the string after playing a note. Is this the way to do it or can you actually stop the bow on the string and still get that big resonance? I’m listening to the Suzuki recording of Twinkle variation A and trying to match the resonance I’m hearing on the 8th notes. It’s slightly easier on the ‘ringing tones’ (especially finger 3), than on open strings because once I stop the bow, my sound’s dead. I hope this makes sense. Please give me some advice. Thanks

5 Responses
Posted: April 4, 2016
Last Comment: April 7, 2016

Posted: April 7, 2016
Thanks a lot everyone for your responses to this question (which I don’t think I explained very well, but fortunately you managed to give me the answers I was looking for)! I see there’s a lot that goes into getting this nice tone that I’m after, and it all takes quite a bit of time. I think if I spend more time being sensitive to those ring tones, I’ll get close to what I’m looking for.

Barb Wimmer
Posted: April 5, 2016
Good information good to know Beth. 

Beth Blackerby
Posted: April 5, 2016
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Posted: April 5, 2016

If you stop the bow on the string the sound will be dead unless it is a ringy note. That is because the bow on the string is stopping the vibration. For the ringy note, you will still hear the vibration from the open strings.

If you keep your bow in motion without stopping it on the string, you should get an audible resonance

Posted: April 4, 2016
Rosonance…many things affect this.

Hi Owen….how old are your strings on the violin?  What brand of strings are you using?  If you have an inexpensive violin…the front and back can be too thick and that will affect the ringing tone, as will the arching (carving of the top and back.  Set up, which is the bridge, measurements of the string length…nut to bridge and after length of string length from the tailpiece to the end button.  Then the sound post comes into play…literally….if the sound post is not carved correctly to fit the top and is not placed correctly…then all these can affect the total quality of your violins tone, projection and the resonance.  If you have a good violin luthier in your area…you might take the violin there and ask what it would cost to set it up correctly.  
Aside from technique…violin setup is one of the biggest things to consider.
Stay tuned. Diane in SoCal