QUOTE(owainsutton @ Jan 18 2012, 10:57 PM)
My advice is 'as little as possible'.
If you're getting scratchy sounds, it could be for any number of reasons. On the other hand, excessive rosin causes a coarse and inflexible tone, and hides only a little of any underlying problems.
I'd suggest cutting back on the rosin, and asking your teacher! If there's something awry with your technique, you might as well identify it.
Also: how old is your bow? Bow hair does degrade over time, either through use, or through lack of use (hair mites nibble away at neglected bows!)
Have worked quite hard on bowing technique since starting - my teacher is very exacting on this point!
Bow: my new bow is only 3 months old, and the old bow was rehaired at the time I bought the new one. Teacher thinks both bows are of reasonable quality, particularly the new one.
QUOTE(owainsutton @ Jan 18 2012, 11:09 PM)
I disagree with this - with the exception of a fairly new bow. It takes a few weeks for the rosin to gradually work its way into the full depth of the bow hair, and once this has happened you need to apply the rosin far less. Unless I do as much practice as I should
, I definitely don't add rosin every time I play.
At home, I experiment with not adding rosin each time I play, unless I can't make a decent sound - I still end up with rosin all over the strings!
QUOTE(miffy @ Jan 19 2012, 12:11 AM)
QUOTE(Tenor Viol @ Jan 18 2012, 11:03 PM)
You should wipe your strings with a dry cloth to remove rosin from the strings when you finish playing.
It's a "Goldilocks" thing - neither too little nor too much!
And if you want to extend Tenor Viol's Goldilocks theme, it will also to some extent depend on the player, the bow, the strings and the type of rosin
I do clean the strings down with a dry cloth (well, almost all of the time when finished practising).
I'm beginning to appreciate there is a little controvesy on the 'rosin: how much' question. The Goldilocks analagy is probably the way forward.
I will ask my teacher for more advice at the next lesson!