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Why does a violin string give out a higher note when tightened up?

  1. hubpoint profile image60
    hubpointposted 6 years ago

    Why does a violin string give out a higher note when tightened up?


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    guitartunershopposted 6 years ago

    This is a great question: when the violin string is tightening, the frequency of the string is higher owing to the string pattern : in the violins case it is making very quick back and forth movements from the bow at a faster pace. This pace creates a shorter frequency and it is a shorter cycle of the frequency that creates a higher sound. Hope that helps.

  3. Several Composers profile image70
    Several Composersposted 5 years ago

    Because it then vibrates faster, and the waves set up by it in the air strike the ear in quicker succession.

  4. Patty Inglish, MS profile image93
    Patty Inglish, MSposted 3 years ago

    A bit oversimplified: when one tightens a violin string 1) in tuning the instrument or 2) by depressing ("stopping") a string while playing, one effectively shortens the string. To clarify, in the case of stopping a string by fingertip, one is effectively removing a part of the string closest to the pegs; in the case of tuning, one removes a part of the string from the fingerboard by winding that part up on a peg. All of this shortening causes additional tension in the string. Increased tension increases the frequency produced when the string is bowed or plucked, causing a higher pitch. Loose strings vibrate more slowly and producer lower pitches and the opposite is true.

    Thanks for the question!