How to Choose Rosin for Violin
Violin rosin plays a significant role in violin playing. Violin kits often include the rosin, and most of the violinists would rather choose to get one with a better quality that suits their violins.
Following are some information and tips on how to choose the best for your violin.
There are many rosin brands available on the market. Different violinists have different need in choosing the most suitable rosin brands for themselves. Following are some of the most popular rosin brands and their different uses for you to take into consideration.
Pirastro Eudoxa is soft, sticky light colored rosin brand. It is specially made to produce Pirastro Eudoxa strings as well as other gut core strings and most synthetic strings except for steel strings.
Pirastro Gold rosin brand is popularly used by many professional musicians throughout the world, and suitable for playing in humid conditions. It shapes like a round rosin cake with thick cardboard holder and cover.
Pirastro Obligato rosin brand is good quality dark rosin which provides a good grip and an excellent tone. It is specifically made to produce the Obligato violin strings and it is suitable for both the violin and the viola.
L’Opera Jade rosin brand has delicate shade of green. Famously made in France, L’Opera Jade rosin provides a great grip and hardly produce any dust and It has won praises from many professional violinists.. Many musicians and players feel that its quality is worth its slight high price.
Gustave Bernadel rosin brand is one of top quality which is regarded by many violinists as the best option. It is hard rosin with a sweet honey gold color. It provides a good grip on strings and does not generate much dust.
Paganini Finest Solo rosin brand is traditional rosin used by some of the world’s greatest musicians and is also recommended for beginner violinists.. It is contained in a unique and cork case, which allows it to be carried around easily.
Melos Dark rosin brand is another high quality and one of the finest rosins all over the world. Their rosins are made to suit different instruments and different climates and it is specially made for playing in the autumn and winter. Melos Dark soft rosin is handmade and does not contain any chemicals or fillers.
Melos Light rosin brand is much harder than Melos Dark rosin and is specially made for playing in the summer. It is also handmade and does not contain chemicals or fillers.
Above list may not be elaborate. While you choose violin rosins, choose wisely, as top quality rosins may not sound as well if they are not suitable to your instrument or to the climate you are playing in.
There are a great number of violin rosins available in the market for different instruments too. But how do we select rosin best suit our instruments?
Firstly, the purchase of rosin for your instruments depends on who you are. Student use rosins are usually cheaper and they are suitable for fiddlers as well. But it produces much more powder when we use. Most famous violinists prefer choosing professional grade rosins because they usually produce a smoother and controlled tone.
As a matter of fact, different thickness of the strings of our instruments should select different kinds of rosin make. Generally speaking, the thicker the string is, the softer the rosin make should be. For instance, it’s not advisable to use rosin for cello, on the violin bow.
Another consideration we should take is to check out the color of the rosins. The rosin comes in different colors which are determined by the time it is collected during the year. During late winter or early spring, it will be gold or amber. The color of the resin will darken when seasons change from summer to fall. The rosin is sometimes named as summer light or winter dark. Light-colored rosins are harder and less sticky, and generally produce a smoother sound. These rosins can cost a bit more, but are usually preferred by professional violinists for the tonal quality they produce compared to dark rosin. Dark-colored rosins are stickier and softer, and generally produce a grittier sound. They are not often used by anyone other than a beginning student, despite the lower cost. The exception to this is fiddlers, whose music often calls for a raw, gritty sound.
For violins or viola, light colored rosins are a better option, since they tend to be more dense and harder and they are also not as sticky as their darker counterpart. Dark rosins are used for thicker strings, especially the basses because they are very much softer. They tend to be used more in cool, dry climates, as they will tend to become sticky in hot and humid conditions.
Some rosin makers add precious metals to their formulas, such as gold, silver, lead-silver, copper, which make the hardness of the rosin is different. These metals rosin makes will also help produce different tonal qualities. Rosins makes with gold mixture are generally preferred by solo violin players, because they will help to create a clearer and defined tone as well as helping to soften a harsh sounding instrument. They are suitable for almost all instruments, helping them to produce warm and crystal clear tone. Rosins with silver mixture helps instruments like the violins and viola produce a brighter and focused tone, but they are not used for thicker strings like the basses. Lead silver mixed rosin is used for the violins and violas, which make the instruments, produce warm tones. They are soft, but they do not stick, which is totally different from most dark rosins. Rosins with copper are a better choice for beginner violinists, especially 1/2 or 3/4 sizes. They help the students to play easier as well as helping in producing warm, and a furry soft tone.
There are some relation between color, hardness and stickiness. Generally speaking, the darker the rosin is, the softer it is. Softer rosins tend to be stickier. While stickier rosins makes produce greater grip on the string, they also produce a grittier sound. Softer rosins make also throw off more powder, making things difficult to clean.
Harder rosin makes will not be quite as sticky, and so will not grip the string as strongly. The problem is that if the rosin is not sticky enough you will not produce the full sound that you desire.
In this case, dark amber rosin seems to be better option for most students. You should look for rosin that is smooth and free of bubbles. Some folks prefer rosin in the form of round cakes. Most student outfits come with cake of rosin mounted in a wood block. There are good rosins that come both ways. As you progress and become better at handling your bow you will probably start looking for stickier rosin and will probably become more selective in the rosin you use, but at all stages of your violin playing career you will be experimenting with rosins.
To sum up, the most important points in the process of selecting rosin lie in to choose the suitable rosin brand, rosin make, rosin color, stickiness and hardness. Take above introduction and suggestion into your consideration and buy home the best rosins for your instruments.