Violin Tip of the Day
For Violin Students of All Ages
Practice and Rehearsal Tips.  Technique Pointers.  Violin Care Guidance. Exercises and Motivation for Violinists, Fiddlers or Anyone Interested in Stringed Instruments.
Today's Tip
You have four strings on your violin.  You have four pegs.  And you have four fine tuners.  So to celebrate all the fours, we will use this tip the fourth day of each month.

Examine your fine tuners regularly.  Most of the time you will find that things are just fine, but every so often you will see that you have tightened the string so much that there is not much, if any, space left on the tuner to tighten your string.   Not only does this make your fine tuner ineffective, if you screw it down too tight it can dig down into the belly of the violin.

Loosen the fine tuner, so that your string goes somewhat flat.  Turn the peg backwards, so that you raise the pitch of the string.  Then adjust the fine tuner so that you bring the string back into pitch.

It is much easier in the long run to check the tuners regularly and make adjustments as it is convenient than to be in a hurry to tune and find that you need to adjust the fine tuners at that time!

Do your pegs stick or slip?  You can get help with sticking pegs by using a little peg compound.  Peg drops can help pegs that slip.  If these products don't work have your teacher or a luthier look at the violin.
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