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J Trice: I changed the tail piece on an old Karl Knilling violin I have from ebony to a composite tail piece and the tone improved MASSIVELY!!

panteraX1: I have a quick question, I changed the string on my violin and noticed one of the string was going inside the pegbox hole, does this happen often?

Steven Chisham: I started watching your videos about a few weeks ago. I've watched them before I got my violin in the mail. When I got my violin in the mail I thought to myself, "better grab new strings." this is just something I have learned from playing guitar. The bow they sent me in my package deal was destroyed, so I bought a student quality bow. I have not bought new strings yet, but I will eventually. My philosophy so far is " Play it while you learn, when you are good enough then upgrade,. Until then, you are going to destroy this bow and string" I don't want to pay upwards from 60.00 for a nice bow that i am probably going to mess up. I will worry more about tone when I am more proficient at even hitting notes, and bowing. New strings does not sound like a bad Idea though. I am getting use to playing an instrument that is so close to my face, I feel like using my protective goggles just in case the string snaps, (although I suppose it would coil before it hits my eye.) I don't have anything against getting some new rosin, and I will look into getting a nicer chin rest. Anywho, thanks for making these videos, if I was in your area, I would pay you for lessons. Nothing beats an in person experience when it comes to music lessons. Thanks again, and keep up the good work.

Dallas Cheked: A fresh set of quality strings is the simplest, cheapest and most productive upgrade you can do on ANY instrument. The stock strings that come on most student models are usually junk. Even a higher-quality instrument can benefit from a string change because the strings that came on it are probably oxidized and dead from just sitting around. Dominants are a good choice of strings. A tad pricey but well worth it. They work extremely well whether you play classical, jazz, country, bluegrass or anything else.

Gerdes Olivier: Hi Allison, I own a Palatino brand violin, with German Sandner student model violin strings, do you recommend buying dominant strings, to improve to a better sound? Also my resin is Hidersine rosin from the UK. I'm brand new with violins as I actually play the harp. Thank You. Great vidz.

fredetheneedle: pimp up me stentor put some tonica's on..and a heaver bow .thanks online tudor my violin is dancing x

bella stern: hi i want to ask u that i just recently buyed new violin not used i dont know but u know now my bow from the place it makes music the other side of bow which is from wood it's now straight as yours its bent like half circle its not cheep one but i don't know is it ok and just if i can send u picture of it i don't know how ? but is it ok 

orlando walden: i like how the focus is just perfect for the "please subscribe" behind her :D....... yeah... i subscribed v.v

Lynn Tsoi: Hi, I am planing on buying the Franz Huffmann Étude violin, do you think it a acceptable violin?

MrLootman5: I subscribed because of the SlenderMan noise at the start :P

torielric: Out of curiosity, if I had a violin that was a darker shade of brown or satin finish or something, could I change the finish to a brighter (reddish or golden brown) color with a shiny (varnish?) finish without changing the overall sound of the violin? I'm looking into higher quality violins that I can get later (like for Christmas) and the color of the violin seems to be playing a larger part in the process than it should... I love violins that are reddish brown or almost sunset colors that aren't too paint looking, but I have never actually played one before, so that might change (be less important) later. I seem to have the overly romantic idea that the violin has to look as close to what's in my head as possible (as well as sounding good) to be truly mine... ^^; Thoughts?

Adrian Re: I got mine for 750 dollars ......

Steve Houghton: That was interesting what you said about the Sound Post. I was surprised to hear that they are not fixed (Glued). Are you sure they are not fixed in ? If this is the case, it raises all kinds of questions such as, when changing strings it might rattle loose. If you are not aware it has slipped out of position when changing strings, one could potentially crack the wooden case. (Because the Bridge is no longer being supported) Also, does this mean that the Bridge must sit directly inline with the Sound Post ?

neutrino: Great video as always. You are a real gem. Just got my 11 year old a new full size Franz Sandner SV4. The Violin sounds very bright to my ears. Would a set of Dominants or Thomastic Infeld Red's be worth trying to warm it up a bit?

TheRealLingrush: Hi Allison! Thanks for all your help! I've just now found this video, but you can bet I'll be watching the rest of them. As far as the tips, I had a few quick questions: When you say it takes a while for the violin to "warm up", do you mean a couple minutes every time you pick it up? Or, more likely, that you play it for a few weeks and then it really comes into its tone? How long might it take for a violin to warm up? In regards to the strings + bow + rosin, do you happen to have or know of a before and after video showing the tonal changes? If you lose the overtones from prolonged playing out of tune, is it reversible? Also, what do you think of cigar box violins? Thanks again for all your help!

schpoingle: playing nice violins makes them sound better. the vibration throughout the body creates friction in the shellac (finish), and actually changing it and thus the tone. shellac is an insect poop! it's naturally colored but it is sold with stain mixed in with it. Applying shellac well is an art. Luthiers usually go to a 'finishing' school for a few months just to start out.

C4Fernandez - Chris Fernandez: Hi! Are the £30 'beginner violins' decent quality? I've been looking to learning how to play the violin but don't have a lot to spend. Thanks!

rosycheks: I bought a lower bridge for my violin and it helped with the sound a bit but I feel the strings suck. I'm eager what you're going to say about making the sound better with a standard violin.

Willow Dawn: I changed the strings to the Dominant strings and you were right. It sounds lovely now, and less of a scratching sound. Also just practicing tons more has helped to warm it up to a slightly nicer tone as well. I purchased a Helmke in 2005 and just now decided I would start to learn how to play. LOL... Thank you!

Jamilee Piatt: what do you think about geared tuners at the scroll?

ivan de jesus oreamuno canizal: Alisson, Thanks for the video! based on this, 2 months ago i decided to change the strings and bridge of my Viola, The luthier that was putting the strings noticed that the sound post was not on the right place, he moved it and placed correctly and the instrument now sounds incredibly amazing! I cant describe the change i noticed, it was a whole diferent instrument. Those tips helped me a lot! Thanks!

Trevor Raines: is a grace violin a ok starter violin?

DoopDog124: i got a cva 400 cecilio viola! when i put my fingers on certain notes it doesnt work/doesnt sound right

grace max: Hi Alison! I only had my violin for a year now but my violin bow hair are breaking one by one. i dont know why. Can i rehair my violin bow on my own? or can you teach us please? Thank you! :)

Harry Buckley: Hi. I am an absolute beginner on the violin and have just ordered one for xmas. In preparation I have watched a series of your violin videos and I suspect before I get my violin that I will have watched ALL. I just want to say "Thank You" the information here from your experience is just great.

Michael Sullivan: I am considering the Stentor II , but recently have seen some Gliga Violins .. specifically the Grottano and the Vasile Gems I or II. How would they compare to the Stentor II ... for a beginner?

André Silva: I bought a Cremona SV-175 (I am starting to learn how to play, but only had 2 lessons yet) and only afterwards noticed that its tailpiece is made of plastic (and aluminium apparently, but I can't see it anywhere on the tailpiece: http://www.sagamusic.com/products/product-details.aspx?item=VP-61). Do you think that's OK, or an ebony tailpiece is advisable? Also, I seem not to be able to hold the violin in place without holding it with my left hand or without a shoulder rest (I bought a Wolf Forte Secondo but i'm waiting for the delivery). May that be because I broke my clavicle some years ago? My teacher never even tried to see if I could hold it without my left hand (so I think that may not be that important). And it seems nothing is in contact with my chinrest: again, bad positioning of the violin or should I get a centered chinrest (one of those that sit on top of the tailpiece)? Thanks ;)

Edge of Ages: I've played the violin since I was 7 years old and I'm 16 now.. So I've had many violins.. But I bought my newest violin for $50 at a pawn shop. It was a bit beaten up so I took it to a violin shop and they told me it was worth around $500! It's still student quality.. But it's very good for a student quality violin. I have dominant strings on it. I have a very nice bow. (The bow was a lot of money) And over all it's just a nice violin. It kinda has a smooth and dark tone to it. And for me.. That is perfect. Inside the violin it says: Scherl & Roth - Genuine Reproduction of Antonius Stradivarius. I plan to save up for a master violin someday. But right now this is fine. Out of curiosity.. What kind of intermediate level violin would you suggest I get when I have some money? (Based on the fact that I like darker tones)

nace goodman: please please please!!! refocus your camera. you are all fuzzy and only your background is in focus.

Colin Hesketh: Hi Alison, You don't mention about ball end and loop end strings. I have a stentor2 and want to change the strings.

Johann Kuhn: I have a Cecilio CEVN and a cheap (600 ZAR) Sanchez accoustic violin (as mentioned on another video), and I noticed that the Sanchez hurts my fingers. What would you recommend doing about it? Currently I have to haul my Cecilio with a full blown Yamaha receiver, pre-amp, and speakers to every lesson. Or would it be better to just get a guitar amp? Also, should I first replace the strings or the bridge on my Style 1 CEVN?

Chip Wilbury: I still think you are Hot!!

alexis dryden: i am wanting to learn the violin and looking for one what violin do you recommend and price of the violin 

Joel M: Hey I am thinking about buying a violin could you give me a few good brand names so I could look through them? Thanks :)

Etienne Routhier: So if you don't like your 100 $ violin, spend 200 to get it right

panserkjempen: are you english

cgavin1: Great video! I think I'd just get a better instrument, especially if the cost is almost the same to make a cheap one sound better .. :)

Trpt2Dr: Your videos are so helpful & just great - thank you! I'm actually semi-pro trumpet player trying to learn violin and it sure isn't easy! The violin I got is definitely a cheapie - but I did get the A, D & G string Dominants and a Gold Label Pirastro E string and notice a nice difference. Even though I have barely figured out how to HOLD the bow, I already can tell I need a better one. I see your comments earlier suggest I will need to go out & try some bows for myself - but before I do, can you give me a reasonable target for price range, given my incredibly beginning beginner's status?!

Kevin Goringe: Since posting I have found a Cecilio 4/4 CVN320-L violin on eBay. It`s a left hander & ships from the US, $129 + $50 p&p. Have you come across this model, played it perhaps ? I also have the choice of getting a student Stentor & having it converted to a lefty. 

Brian0nYutoob: I'm guessing you meant "Primp".

Callie Walsh: I took my violin to a luthier when the neck broke off (for the second time!); he took the back off to put a screw through the neck-block into the neck. While he had her open he reshaped the bass bar, made a few minor adjustments, and moved the sound post and WOW! What a difference! I would really recommend talking to a luthier, at least to adjust the sound post. I actually had the sound post come out twice before and once I could not stand the sound of any "G" after one replacement and after another reset the middle "C" drove me crazy. Luthiers are amazing!!

shol402006: Hi, Do i need to change my cheap violin a expensive string? What kind of string? even it's cecilio violin can change different string? And why the peg is not tight? What do i need to do? Thank you again and God bless!

Ze Potato: Will this work for a viola?

Second Fiddle: You never linked to the other videos about the rosin and chinrest

Pedro Lopes: Subscribed, good videos here!!

Larry Mayes: Replacing tailpiece? I bid and won a violin on Amazon and ended up having to learn to play it. I played a cornet in high school so I wasn't a total novice. After several months the tailpiece broke and discovered it was plastic or composite. I replaced it with an ebony tailpiece and noticed a better sound. For awhile I still sounded terrible, but it sounded better. So a new tailpiece, especially one less likely to snap into two pieces improves the sound AND gives a boost to confidence as you continue to practice!

Hiiro Takako: what's the difference between the cheap and pro violins? does the quality of the wood make all the difference? or the craftsmanship? 

John Anderson: Nothing much to see except your beautiful face. ;) blurry as it is. I play guitar too. And the Warmness you describe happens there too. it's partly you as you get used to the instrument. but I think also it's like the brain opening up new passageways. the wood just learns to vibrate with certain frequencies.

haza9988: There is a violin for sale on eBay, it is a maestro copy of a Stradivarius violin with a 1a bow. It is being sold for £62. Shall I trust it, and is it worth it? Thanks

michael van leeuwen: i think that the moninant strings ar cheap the E strings her in holland ar just 5euro lol i have already break 5 E strings in the first 5 weaks i dit have mi violin xD i have kill 5 strings befor i finly was abel to find out how to tune that thing :s

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