Nicole Wright Music

Guitarist and Pianist in Upper NY

How To Keep The Violin Pegs From Slipping

If you play the violin, and you have noticed that your violin pegs keep slipping out, there could be a number of reasons that this is occurring. Although it may have to do with not installing the strings appropriately, there are also be other difficulties causing this to occur, even if you have done the installation right. These problems can occur whether you are a novice with playing the violin, or you have been doing this for many years. Sometimes it is a physical problem with the violin itself, or that the pegs do not properly fit. Let’s take a look at these problems that can happen, and also solutions for each problem, so that you can have a good experience playing your violin.

Look At Your Violin Pegs

You will want to start with looking at the violin pegs themselves to see if they are properly inserted into the holes. The pegs go into the upper part of the violin, and if they are not properly circular, and they wiggle, then this is where the problem lies. They should fit perfectly right below the scroll, in the peg box, and those that wiggle need to be replaced or repaired. If the pegs are not the problem, then you must start to look at the strings themselves to see if there is something wrong with them.

Problems With Humidity

This is a very common problem with all stringed instruments as humidity can play a large role in changing the physical aspect of not only the violin but the strings. If you have done a proper installation, this will not always cause the strings to slip, but it can definitely factor in. For example, the more humidity that is in the air, the more the wood will expand, and it is almost impossible for the strings to slip out of the pegs. However, if it is very dry, the wood can retract in size, causing the string to slip out of the pegs, leading to your problem. This can easily be remedied by purchasing a humidifier which can also help with the longevity of your violin as well.

Improper Installation

There are only two things that can cause your violin strings to come out if humidity and peg size are not the problem. The goal of using the pegs is to have a tight fit which is caused by pushing the pegs in as far as you can into the holes, aided by friction, which will prevent slippage from occurring. Additionally, if you use too much force when you are winding your violin strings on the sides of the scroll box, there will not be enough play in the strings in order to make adjustments. Excessive tension could actually lead to the strings snapping, especially while you are playing, and also lead to the pegs coming out due to the tension, causing the slippage to occur.

Doing This The Right Way

There are only four things that you need to do in order to prevent violin string slippage. First, always begin with placing the ball end of each string into the proper location in the fine tuner. This is located at the tailpiece adjacent to the chin rest. Second, you will want to apply a small amount of tension on the string with one hand, and turn your peg with the other so that the string can be wound tightly. Third, as you are doing the winding, so as to get the perfect tension, use a finger to pull the string toward the peg. Finally, make sure that you squeeze against the sides of the scroll box as you turn the peg as this will ensure that the string will always be tightly held in the peg box by the tuning pegs.

If you are able to follow all of these steps, and ensure that you have proper humidity levels where the violin is kept, you will not have to deal with violin pegs not holding the strings in place. You will never have to deal with slippage as long as you take your time with each string and tuning peg, making sure that it is not only properly tuned but securely strung using these simple strategies.

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