Flexible material that provides vibrations in string instruments

learn more… | top users | synonyms

58
votes
20answers
20k views
2
votes
2answers
350 views

Tuning the violin E string

I'm beginner in the violin and while tuning the E string using a chromatic tuner I've noticed it has two different tuned spots. One is kind loosely producing an squeaky sound and another one is ...
31
votes
9answers
6k views

When tuning a guitar, should you always end with tightening the string rather than loosening it?

I used to have a guitar teacher that said you should always finish tuning each string by tightening/sharpening the string. So for example if the top E is a little sharp, you should turn the peg to ...
5
votes
10answers
7k views

Incessant Buzzing on Third String (Classical Guitar)

I've had an ongoing issue with my classical guitar. The third string (nylon) always buzzes on first, second, and third fret. While we're at it, the sixth string (wound metal over nylon core) buzzes on ...
8
votes
6answers
3k views

guitar strings still hurt my fingers after 6 months of play

i have been practicing my guitar for over 6 months , i use extra light gauge and also built calluses , but strings still hurt my fingers ! Any tips please ?
3
votes
1answer
129 views

Is a wind-string instrument (such as the one I will explain) acoustically possible?

I've always had this concept of an instrument, but I am wondering is such an instrument is even acoustically possible. The instrument is a tube, like most other woodwinds, but inside of the tube is a ...
-1
votes
2answers
49 views

Are there any fancy options for the “plain (unwound) strings”?

Guitar strings come in myriad variations of wrapping shapes and materials. But I'm always surprised to find the top ones (without windings) are just "plain steel"? Are there any other options there?
0
votes
1answer
31 views

Can I play guitar softly with Venus Special?

I have a Venus Special. It looks good but it is hard to play. My fingers hurt while playing the guitar. What is the solution?
3
votes
2answers
144 views

What makes the same note sound different on different strings?

When comparing the same note (e.g. E4) from 2 (adjacent) strings, the tuner says: the same, but I hear them somehow differently. I cannot tune without a tuner because of this problem. What make them ...
8
votes
2answers
422 views

What interval should frets be placed for the Tar (Persian Lute)?

I have recently come into possession of a Tar. But I have no idea how to place the frets on this instrument, which are made of gut (feels a bit like twine) tied around the neck. How do I determine ...
1
vote
5answers
90 views

String vs Percussion - What is a Piano?

Online, I have researched what a piano is, and it says it is a percussion instrument. But when you look inside a piano, there are many strings, which are hit to give the piano its noise. Also, you can ...
2
votes
3answers
69 views

Problem with choosing the right string gauge - switch from medium to extra light?

I am beginner acoustic guitar player .. My current guitar' strings are "medium" ,, but I found them hard to play, they make buzzing sound, that's why I hate my guitar now -_- and i'm thinking of ...
15
votes
9answers
6k views

How to minimize the pain for a beginning guitar student so they won’t give up before they develop callouses?

This is a common problem and solving it will ultimately lead to a much higher success rate for beginning guitar students. So I wanted to share the information here on Music and Theory. Many of my ...
6
votes
2answers
4k views

Is it normal for new bought ukeleles to be out of tune every few minutes?

I've bought a new ukelele and it's been quite a while since I've last held a musical instrument (a year, maybe), so it might be possible that I'm just quite rusty with toning a guitar/ukelele. I ...
3
votes
4answers
385 views

Would the induced tension be approximately equal on an acoustic guitar for electric and acoustic strings of the same gauge?

Consider a set of electric strings and a set of acoustic strings. If their gauge are the same, would the electric ones in general induce less tension than the acoustic ones? Moreover, if the acoustic ...
8
votes
5answers
13k views

My high E string broke after one week of replacing my guitar strings. Could that be an installation issue?

I'm not sure if it's even possible for the string to break based on how it was installed. The only reason I can think of is that it was installed on a loose tuning peg, which it wasn't (I made sure to ...
5
votes
4answers
441 views

How to approximate bowed sound on guitar

Not sure this is the right SE site, so please point out if there's a better one. It's also not quite the same as this question. My son the violist has found a string quartet piece that he would like ...
12
votes
7answers
14k views

How does string gauge affect intonation?

I have a problem with intonation adjustment on my g-string on my Epiphone Les Paul. It's correct now but the bridge saddle cannot be adjusted any farther in range. I need to change strings but I ...
4
votes
8answers
16k views

How to not to break string of guitar while tuning?

I have been playing guitar for 3-4 months and I use online tuning websites to tune my guitar. But last week, I broke a string while tuning the guitar. Then I went to shop and got new one. When I was ...
0
votes
2answers
39 views

Guitar String Width for Fender CD-60CE Dreadnought

I've a Fender CD-60CE Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar since 2008. It's not equal to the site, but it's the closest to mine in the site. I've changed the strings width of it so much I can't remember the ...
1
vote
2answers
49 views

Finger picking on a acoustic steel string

I recently bought a steel string and was wondering what would be the type of strings you should buy for finger picking. The strings that where on the guitar when I bought it was rather harsh on my ...
3
votes
1answer
114 views

How does the choice of strings impact sound and playability?

I recently bought a classic series '50s Fender Telecaster. Beautiful guitar with 2 peculiar vintage-style pickups and vintage-style machine heads. It's best when I play classic rock songs, with clean ...
2
votes
1answer
127 views
1
vote
1answer
170 views

Playing guitar with two identical strings

This is probably gonna sound a bit weird, but I'm stuck at my folks' place for the weekend with a guitar that the first two string are both B (no idea how that happened). I'd still like to play it ...
2
votes
3answers
97 views

How do I tune my violin when I cannot yet do it by ear?

I have a few tuning apps but they give me some strange info like G8 instead of G, is this number the octave?
2
votes
1answer
81 views

Why are violin string so expensive?

What exactly is about violin strings that make them so expensive in comparison to guitar strings? Is there something about the manufacturing process that is just more expensive? Does it have ...
3
votes
2answers
113 views

Understanding the physics of bridge pins (ukulele)

After an ultimately unsuccessful and frustrating attempt at getting a newly-installed C string on a Martin 1T tenor uke to settle in, I've been taking a closer look at what the bridge and the bridge ...
12
votes
10answers
2k views

Piano vs Guitar Strings? Tension vs length?

Why do pianos have different length strings, while guitars have the same length strings? According to the guitar, it would seem that the pitch of a string is determined based solely off of tension, ...
6
votes
5answers
9k views

12 String Guitars - Some Information?

So I've been playing the guitar for a while, and I'm comfortable with different styles of music (classical, blues, a bit of jazz, folk etc.) and I have a few different guitars (an acoustic steel ...
1
vote
1answer
38 views

How long for uke strings to stretch?

Three or four days ago I had a set of low-G Aquila "Red Series" strings installed on a Martin 1T tenor ukulele. (I had it done at the store because the bridge pins were giving me fits.) I have new ...
3
votes
2answers
155 views

Buying nicer violin Strings

I have been playing violin for a little more than a year now and plan to continue playing. I play for about 20-30 minutes a day. I want my new strings to make a marked difference in the sound of my ...
27
votes
7answers
10k views

Do guitar strings wear when not used?

Do strings wear because of the pressure applied to them or any other factor, or do they stay in quite the same shape as long as you don't use them?
2
votes
1answer
88 views

Tension for nylon strings on Lyre

I'm currently in the process of restoring my [alto] Lyre, and I was wondering if there would be implications from using nylon strings instead of steel. There would be two reasons to use nylon over ...
3
votes
1answer
129 views

Does the typical headstock design of acoustic guitars negatively impact the sound or tone of the strings?

Almost all of my acoustic guitars have the tuning post arranged either in a straight line like this: Or fanned out like this: This design requires the strings to deviate dramatically from a ...
26
votes
11answers
7k views

Coated Strings—Gimmick, or worth the money?

Never used them myself, but I had a friend who used to swear by the plastic-coated strings he bought for his electric to try and help keep them cleaner. While I realize this probably does do ...
2
votes
2answers
82 views

After just one night of putting on new strings on my electric guitar, they sound dull

I've replaced the strings on my old electric guitar for the first time in, I think, 5 or 6 years. In that time, I haven't played my guitar at all. Now, when I put on new strings yesterday, the sound ...
5
votes
4answers
688 views

How do (bass) guitar players stop a note?

I don't play (bass) guitar, nor do I have a desire to. However, this question has been bugging me for quite some time now, as I have yet found the answer myself by viewing guitarists playing, mostly ...
26
votes
14answers
14k views

How often is it recommended to change bass strings?

With the risk of being a duplicate question of How often should I replace the strings on my guitar? I'd like to ask the same thing for bass guitar. Bass strings are pricier than guitar strings, so I ...
6
votes
7answers
50k views

Can I use nylon with steel string guitar?

I was wondering if it possible to put nylon strings on a steel string guitar. Is it possible? If not why?
1
vote
5answers
350 views

Lightest gauge strings for a 12-string acoustic?

I recently purchased a 12-string acoustic guitar. I've played guitar for 40-odd years, being very familiar with 6-string acoustics AND electrics and I also have played many a 12-string, both electric ...
1
vote
1answer
75 views

How do I stop breaking strings so fast?

I have a Squire Fender Telecaster. I play punk rock and usually keep the guitar in E♭ tuning. I broke a string on my Peavey Raptor recently, but it lasted longer. D'Adarrio 10's and Slinky ...
11
votes
3answers
3k views

Can a 24-year-old learn to play violin/viola proficiently?

I've seen a few of these questions asked, but it seems like most of the students to be where just starting out in music. They didn't have limber fingers, couldn't read notes. That's not a bad thing ...
7
votes
7answers
24k views

What are the optimal string gauges for drop C tuning on electric guitar?

What are the optimal gauges of strings for Drop C tuning (C G C F A D) for electric guitar? Since this involves lowering the pitch of all the strings, heavier string gauges would be helpful; I need to ...
3
votes
5answers
546 views

Different types of strings on the same guitar

My Epiphone SG is strung rather strangely. All but one of the strings are Elixir strings, but the G string is a Gibson string. This is because the G string broke while I was restringing, so I had to ...
12
votes
10answers
25k views

Does anyone make nylon strings for a standard acoustic guitar (non-classical)?

This may seem crazy, but I really love the sound of nylon strings, and I DO NOT want to buy a classical guitar though. I was wondering if any manufacturer makes nylon strings for a "normal" acoustic ...
2
votes
2answers
324 views

G, B, E strings buzzing?

While playing any chord that involves the G, B, and E strings on my acoustic I get a very noticeable buzz. Open, they're fine. I'm pressing down as hard as I can using my fingertips but nothing is ...
3
votes
1answer
64 views

Bending with the “super light” strings

I know bending technique is problematic with nylon strings. One has to pull them far to achieve the desired pitch change. Is it the same with "super light" electric guitar strings which have tension ...
11
votes
4answers
22k views

Putting steel strings on a cheap nylon guitar

I was trying to get back into playing guitar. I only took lessons for a few years with a nylon string guitar that was fairly cheap. When I pulled the guitar out of the attic it needed new strings so I ...
28
votes
5answers
2k views

Recycling guitar strings

This one goes out to all my eco-friendly shredder pals. Does anyone know of an organization that takes guitar strings and recycles them? I run through quite a few packs per month on a heavy gigging ...
2
votes
2answers
373 views

Who should use “super low tension” guitar strings for classical guitar?

I see "super low tension strings" on sale here. Which kind of players (or which kind of music) normally uses them? Do I assume correctly that such strings may be good for beginners as should bite ...