My bowing must be horrible, but even when I slow down and try to be careful, sometimes the string will sound very “metallic” especially when crossing from D to A string, and lots of bows produce squeaks, squawks and you should hear the high whistle (?) the E string produces all too often, but especially if I’m moving fast. UGH. I would try to blame the violin but I’m on the 3rd one and it’s obvious the problem is ME. I guess I need to be perfectly perpendicular and flat? But I see players all the time that slightly aren’t, and they sound fine… well I’ve only been at it about seven months, maybe this will pass – but if I don’t know exactly what causes it – and fix it – maybe not, eh?
Oh – every few days I forget something – and that is that I always have a practice mute on my violin because I live in a condo building and although everyone says they’ve never heard me, I like to make sure. Could this be the cause of (some at least?) weird sounds coming off my strings?
“edit” must have timed out or I would have just added this to the above query… TAI for opinions.
The mute should not be contributing to these sounds. The sounds are “beginneritis”. All us beginners suffer from this from one degree to another. This FiddleHed lesson is a good review on producing good sounds.
The Four Elements of Good Sound