My Violin String Broke! How Can I Fix It?

Often heard from a panicked violin player or family member:

Bad news. Unfortunately while tuning the violin I snapped the e string. Can you fix it? Or does it go back to the violin shop?

First things first; don’t panic! Broken strings are common occurrences, and the fix is simple. Simply replace the string with a matching pitched string. You can select your best violin string from the ratings and reviews here.

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

Here are seven things you can do to prevent snapping violin strings and to minimize inconvenience when breaks occur:

1. Start by learning to tune the violin properly. The easiest way to break a string, especially an E string, is to tune it too high. Don’t ask your 5 year old student to perform this operation!

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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