Introduction

Every violin player faces the task of changing the bridge. With very few detachable pieces on a violin, changing the bridge is one of the most essential tasks for a violin player to know. This task includes loosening the strings, removing the old bridge, prepping the new bridge with markings for strings, setting the new bridge, and retightening the strings.

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Identify two sides of your violin.  The violin bridge has one side that is higher than the other. The lower side is the E-string side. E-string side
  • Identify two sides of your violin. The violin bridge has one side that is higher than the other. The lower side is the E-string side.

    • E-string side

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Loosen the strings gently starting with the G-string and the E-string, then the D-string and the A-string. G-string
  • Loosen the strings gently starting with the G-string and the E-string, then the D-string and the A-string.

    • G-string

    • E-string

    • D-string

    • A-string

  • Only loosen the strings until you can easily remove the bridge from under the strings without having to drag the bridge out.

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Remove the bridge gently from the violin. Remove the bridge gently from the violin.
  • Remove the bridge gently from the violin.

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Mark the New bridge: Use a pencil or other marking tool to add 4 light marks where the 4 strings sit on the top of the new bridge. The width should be wide enough so that  when you are playing on only one string the bow won't produce noise from adjacent strings.
  • Mark the New bridge: Use a pencil or other marking tool to add 4 light marks where the 4 strings sit on the top of the new bridge.

  • The width should be wide enough so that when you are playing on only one string the bow won't produce noise from adjacent strings.

  • The width should also be narrow enough so that, when you are playing on two strings at the same time, you can use one finger to press on both these two strings without much difficulty.

  • Suggested horizontal distance between adjacent strings is 9-12mm. Adjust it based on your finger width. You can also use your old bridge as a guide for where to make marks if you please.

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Place the new bridge between the center of the f-holes of your violin. f-holes Put the strings on your new bridge, align them with the marks you made in step 4.
  • Place the new bridge between the center of the f-holes of your violin.

    • f-holes

  • Put the strings on your new bridge, align them with the marks you made in step 4.

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Hold the bridge in one hand and tighten the strings in the reverse order you loosened them. That is, tighten the A-string and D-string first, and then, tighten the E-string and G-string. Tighten until each string matches its rough standard pitch (violin tuner suggested). Continue to adjust the bridge to keep it perpendicular to the violin body every time you tighten the string so it is not leaning too far away from the f-holes. After tightening all four strings, play a little to test the string placement. If the distance between the strings is not comfortable for performance (as noted in step 4), repeat step 2-6 and adjust the distance between the strings on the bridge again to find the proper distance.
  • Hold the bridge in one hand and tighten the strings in the reverse order you loosened them. That is, tighten the A-string and D-string first, and then, tighten the E-string and G-string. Tighten until each string matches its rough standard pitch (violin tuner suggested).

  • Continue to adjust the bridge to keep it perpendicular to the violin body every time you tighten the string so it is not leaning too far away from the f-holes.

  • After tightening all four strings, play a little to test the string placement. If the distance between the strings is not comfortable for performance (as noted in step 4), repeat step 2-6 and adjust the distance between the strings on the bridge again to find the proper distance.

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Finally, make any last adjustments to the bridge. Ensure that it is nearly perpendicular to the violin body. Also make sure that the feet of the bridge sit flat on the body of your violin. Finally, make any last adjustments to the bridge. Ensure that it is nearly perpendicular to the violin body. Also make sure that the feet of the bridge sit flat on the body of your violin.
  • Finally, make any last adjustments to the bridge. Ensure that it is nearly perpendicular to the violin body. Also make sure that the feet of the bridge sit flat on the body of your violin.

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Thanks for this guide. The bridge is considered to be an important part of the instrument and also said to be a soul of the instrument and its sound. The bridge should be always straight and perpendicular to the surface of the instrument. For some people, it may be difficult to replace the bridge all by their own, therefore it is necessary to take the violin to a violin shop where an experienced technician can either fix or replace the bridge. While the bridge is small and light, the way it is set up makes all the difference as far as how the violin will sound.

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