My Violin String Broke! How Can I Fix It?

“OH NO! I snapped my violin string? Can I fix it? Or does it have go back to the violin shop?”

You can’t fix a broken string. But it’s simple enough to replace it. Click here.

Click the link above to select and purchase your new string(s).

The video below shows you how to replace a snapped violin string, or a string that has simply worn out.


1. Learn to tune. Most strings break while being tuned.

2. Before installing new strings, lubricate the 2 contact points at the bridge and nut of the violin with a small amount of pencil lead.

3. Be sure that your instrument has quality tuning pegs that operate smoothly. Pegs that slip make you tune the strings more frequently, adding stress and reducing their life.

4. When tuning, the safe bet is to use the steel fine tuners located at the tailpiece first. They’ll work fine if your need to make a minor tuning adjustment. If your string is way out of tune, it has probably slipped at the peg, so you’ll need to use the pegs to get the pitch “in the neighborhood” and then finish up with the fine tuner.

5. Use an electronic tuner when learning how to tune. Tuning by ear is risky, if you’re not trained in that approach. Tune up to the pitch but not past! Tuning too high puts extra tension on the strings, causing premature wear or even snapping a brand new string.

6. Practice often, and tune at least once at the beginning of every practice session. A neglected violin is more likely to lose its tuning by a large amount.

7. Purchase quality strings that are correctly sized for your instrument. Keep a spare set in your case, and perhaps more than one spare on the E string.

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