Cami Shaskin

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This blog is about all things violin. It is meant to educate, inspire, and provide resources for parents, teachers, and students. The author takes full responsibility for the viewpoints expressed here. In instances where she quotes ideas from others, she pledges to cite her sources as fully, responsibly, and accurately as possible. Topics will include book reviews, technique tips, entertaining anecdotes, quotes, jokes, educational findings, instrument care suggestions, violin in the news, repertoire lists, etc.

Cami J. Shaskin graduated with her master's degree in Music Education in 2008. Violin has always been her primary instrument, since beginning private lessons at age five. See camishaskinviolin.com/info for her music résumé, or click on Spotlights for historical recordings. Cami has enjoyed an array of experiences in writing, from penning award-winning articles as a journalism staff writer in high school, tutoring peers at BYU's Writing Center, earning a Writing Fellows scholarship and a minor in Language and Computers, and later becoming a published author. She recently picked up web programming as a hobby, earning a certificate in Web Programming and Development from the local community college. This blog has been a collaborative effort between her and her husband, who is a Web Developer by profession. Together, they designed and coded this blog and its original content "from scratch."

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Violin Bridge Tips
26 Jun 2021
Adapted from a newsletter article I wrote while working for Riverton Music in Sandy, UT.

When your bridge falls, what do you do? First of all, do not do what a parent at one of my schools did and try to glue it back on the instrument! It won't stay, and the glue will interfere with the functionality of the bridge. Your best bet is to take it to your teacher or a music store.

Did you know? There are approximately 65 pounds of pressure on the bridge from the strings, which is what holds the bridge in place. It must fit tightly, flush with the body of the instrument, to allow the vibrations to transfer through the rest of the violin. No glue is used!

It is perfectly normal for the bridge to shift slightly over time. A) Remember that pressure from the strings? The strings are constantly pulling at the bridge and can cause it to eventually lean forward. B) We're talking about wood. Wood is sensitive to temperature and humidity. Any changes can cause the bridge to move. It is good practice to regularly check your bridge to see if it's leaning or off-center. Particularly if it is no longer perpendicular to the top of the instrument, take it to your teacher right away or bring it in to your local music store.

Another good thing to do each week, while you're tuning your violin, is to lift the strings slightly, in alternating order (ex. E then D then A then G), at the bridge, temporarily relieving the pressure, and then immediately put them back down, holding the bridge at the same time. (Hold the bridge at the base with your thumb and pointer finger to keep it from moving.) Be careful while doing this. It's not worth breaking a string . . . or a bridge!

If your bridge breaks, be advised that the expense to get a new one is going to be hefty. A standard violin bridge is typically between 60 and 80 dollars. Why? Because there is no such thing as a pre-made bridge. Blanks alone start at around $15 for the small ones. Then, each bridge must be hand-carved and adjusted by a well-trained repair technician to fit the curvature of each individual instrument, which takes a good deal of time and skill.

Credits: Adam Day (see adamdayviolins.com) and Riverton Music

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