more... Nut Shim Sheet, Ebony .03mm Thick, 58 x 200mm Product Number: 1059. I put the jointer plane in a vise and pull the fingerboard (gluing surface down) across the planing surface. All variations of notes and fingerings in higher positions are not labeled and shown (the entire length of the fingerboard can be used to finger and play notes). (13 cm / 2=6.5 cm on most 4/4 violins) 3. During the planing I will periodically check my progress with the fingerboard template and the scribed lines on the fingerboard sides. When I’m pulling the blade, my right finger applies more pressure. I then make a mark with a pencil 10 mm down from the spot where the neck-foot will be. If you feel uncomfortable with your ability to make the end work in a millimeter or less, leave it longer. This is especially true with the widths. You would not be in danger of going below your finished dimensions, since the width of the fingerboard gets increasingly wider from the nut. On cello, I will round those points tastefully. After I have established the edge on the Tormek, I finish the edge of the blade on wet stones by hand. In this photo, you can see the angle of the fingerboard and hight of the bridge. I usually start finishing the nut end of the fingerboard first, but one could start at the bridge end. Even though I am looking for slight concavity crosswise, I make the surface dead-flat lengthwise. To finish, I will sight down the fingerboard and make sure I have a smooth uninterrupted line going all the way along the side of the fingerboard as well as a nice finish to the edge. If a little room has been left in the length, it’s still possible to make any minor corrections. Fingering for notes played in 3rd position are to the left of the fingerboard. 9 1/2 or Record no. I saw it to 271. It must be very sharp and slightly convex in order to leave the fingerboard surface concave. At this point I decide which end of the fingerboard to finish first and will explain how to finish this end. The finished fingerboard should be 270 mm long (579 mm for cello). The pitch would be the same. This indicates those two notes are enharmonic, meaning, even though they are named or "spelled" differently, they sound the same pitch. I move the blade in a side to side motion with my fingers applying pressure on outsides of the blade. I make sure that the top of the circle touches the mark 10 mm from the neck-foot. The rest of the work (like finishing the top surface) is done with the fingerboard attached. Violin Fingering for notes played in the 1st position are to the right of the fingerboard. As you can see, our board has many holes that were made over time. Musings from the workbench of violin maker Andy Fein on makers, instruments, bows, musicians, and the joys of a life in the world of stringed instruments. That way, when cutting the board to length, the waste would be cut off at the nut end. -Pencil -Fingerboard template I use a 41.5 mm radius for my fingerboard template. The end goal is to have a gluing surface that is flat lengthwise and slightly concave crosswise as shown in the picture. It’s very simple and consists of a flat piece of plywood with a stop glued to the end. After scraping, I sand it. This note could be fingered using either a high 3rd finger, or a low 4th finger. A password will be sent to your email address. I will measure what the current width is and mark out where it needs to be. Fingerboards need a "hollow or "scoop". -Large jointer plane Multiply that number by three. These notes require the violinist to "shift" the position of their hand to a higher position on the keyboard in order to play these notes. I will then make a mark of 0.9 mm on both sides of the fingerboard. I always find that if I have done the planing of the sides consistently, then no correction is needed and I just move on. A violin bow in slow-motion, tuned down to exaggerate the motion. With a fixed fret, there's no way to fix the intonation problem of a specific note on the instrument. The sole of the plane has been slightly rounded. For an explanation of shifting, visit Shifting & Positions. (6.5cm x 3= 19.5cm on most 4/4 violins) 4. The straight channels make the later smoothing job easy. I use a 41.5 mm radius for my fingerboard template. In this article I will cover the method I use for preparing a new fingerboard. This way I only have to lap the very last part of the blade near the edge. This was mostly so old catgut strings, which were much wider than today's synthetic strings, wouldn't roll and could have more space to vibrate. This [Footnote] includes how I sharpen my blades. Once the blade is sharpened properly, it makes the rest of the job easier. Then I take some chalk and rub it into the marks that were made so I can see them clearly. Most violin music for beginners uses 1st position. I use a paring chisel for this step. I make a series of straight channels rather than just chipping away randomly. -Chisel: I use a 1-inch paring chisel After the work with the crossing file is done, I finish it off with the sandpaper through the grits as before and finish it off with fine steel wool. At this time it’s possible to go back and double check that the angles are still right at the ends of the fingerboard. These notes require the violinist to "shift" the position of their hand to a higher position on the keyboard in order to play these notes. You can see the string is continuously vibrated by the bow, unlike an. When I’m pushing the blade, my left finger applies more pressure. If you have an Alberti Disc Sander, correcting the angle will be very easy. I will also check the squareness of the sides of fingerboard to the gluing surface. List Price: US$8.00. Most violin music for beginners uses 1st position. Violin Setup - What we do and why it is so important. I then scrape it clean. Many older violins suffer from a low neck angle and often not worth doing a neck reset. Tuesday – Friday 9 to 5 I lap the back of the blade on my highest grit. A little prep work is involved to get the blank ready. A cello fingerboard with a precisely machined metal straightedge on top. On violins and violas, fingerboards are curved so that each string can be easily played individually with a bow. What's involved with Setup ?