HOW TO SET UP A VIOLIN/FIDDLE

SETTING UP YOUR NEW VIOLIN

All new stringed instruments must undergo some degree of further adjustment and preparation to ready them for optimum playability. Most classically inclined instruments, for example violins, cellos and double basses, require a proper set up in order to avoid future complications such as intonation issues and tuning instability. It is a fairly simple process to go about, but if done incorrectly will prevent your instrument from playing at it's best and in some cases can be detremential to both it's sound and materials. Following a few short steps, here is how to go about preparing your new violin for play:

1. Position the Bridge

The bridge, a small, thin piece of light coloured wood, often comes wrapped in paper and tucked under the tailpiece. This is used to seat the strings in place at a suitable height above the fingerboard. Placing it with the taller side underneath the thickest string (G) a

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