Rosin

Irene said: Oct 17, 2010
Irene YeongViolin
160 posts

yesterday, i picked up my daughter’s dark rosin and rosin the bow. the sound is a lot better. is dark rosin more for beginners like me? I just started learning the violin in Jan this year, and after a while my daughter pick up her violin and tried to play, I guess a better sound can influence better.
But in general, how do you choose rosin?

Jennifer Visick said: Oct 20, 2010
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The brand of rosin you use doesn’t matter (much), so long as it is rosin made for your instrument. (E.g., you don’t want to try and use bass rosin on a violin, or vice versa. It won’t work). Most rosins made for violin are also fine for viola. Melos does make a viola-specific rosin (but this is a rarity). Some rosins claim to be made to work best with a certain brand of string, while others will claim to be “solo” rosins or “orchestral” rosins. Some rosins are hypoallergenic (meaning they create less rosin dust… supposedly). There is even a synthetic rosin that is supposed to be completely allergen-free.

Some rosins have metals (like “gold flecks”) mixed in, which supposedly makes it sound better. But I don’t buy it (in either sense!)

There is “dark” rosin and “light” rosin. If the dark rosin isn’t just light rosin that’s been artificially dyed darker, then it will be stickier than the “light” rosin, as well as a bit softer. So long as it’s made for your instrument, truly dark rosin is probably better than light, as you’ll need less of it to create sound. But some people say your local weather might affect whether or not you want a darker or lighter (or in-betweener/amber) rosin… though I’ve never seen this difference… but then again I live in a temperate climate…

For more details, and probably better researched ones, Try

http://www.stringsmagazine.com/issues/strings115/yourinstrument.html

Irene said: Oct 20, 2010
Irene YeongViolin
160 posts
said: Oct 21, 2010
 24 posts

I know this is completely off the topic…but while we are talking about Rosin I just wanted to mention that I found out my son is allergic to normal Rosin this summer.

He used to break out with rashes on his chest and shoulder and sneeze a lot. We found out he had an allergy finally this summer. It is worth knowing this, I had NO idea this was the root of his problems. He isn’t even a person with a ton of allergies.

Just thought this would be useful to share.

Irene said: Oct 21, 2010
Irene YeongViolin
160 posts

@deenaz81

Thanks for telling. I’ll keep that in mind.

Jennifer Visick said: Oct 24, 2010
Jennifer VisickForum Moderator
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Viola, Suzuki in the Schools, Violin
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I briefly mentioned the “hypoallergenic” rosin -

the synthetic rosin is, I think called “clarity” and comes in clear or dyed in various colors. There are also natural rosins which claim to have less dust than others.

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