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Violin/wound E string vs unwound E string


When attempting faster passages on the E string what are differences in playability plain vs wound?  I'm using plain E strings at the present. I had a wound E once that was tough to beat soundwise but I wasn't the technical player then as I am now.  Will a wound E slow playing progress any?  And, if you know, how many extra pounds of force would be added to the belly/bridge area if I choose a wound E vs plain?

Your choice of strings is almost always certainly a subjective one. I have never heard that a wound string exerts additional force on the violin, compared to a solid string. Really the only way to settle the matter is to put a few different strings on your instrument and decide for yourself. Approach your violin in the spirit of experimentation. This is always the most rewarding approach. Good luck!


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I am a professional symphony violinist, studio recording musician and also a private studio teacher specializing in the Suzuki Method. I've arranged music for small ensembles and voice, and have contracted musical performances in a variety of venues.

American String Teachers Association, Suzuki Institute of the Americas

B.A. Music, UCLA, California State Polytechnic University, Suzuki Pedagogical studies at the Suzuki Institute of Colorado and at Occidental College.

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