If you missed Part 1 or 2 in this series see How To Choose Rosin Series - Part 1 - How Rosin Works and How To Choose Rosin Series - Part 2 - Color.
Another consideration when choosing rosin is the climate you live in. This can affect the way the rosin works on your bow. In more humid climates, rosin will get stickier. In order to accommodate, you may want to think about buying a lighter rosin. Drier climates warrant a possible darker rosin choice.
If you are buying rosin for a young child, you may want to keep an eye out for rosins that are in a rectangular block with wooden sides, because those ones will be easier for your child to hold, which is important, because one drop on the floor and the whole cake of rosin will likely crack and be destroyed, leaving you with no other choice than to buy another cake of rosin. There are also hypoallergenic rosins available for people who are bothered by the dust.
Beyond these general factors to consider, there are many different types, grades, and brands of rosin, and there are no rules for choosing which one is the best. The information you have read in this post will hopefully get you closer to discovering the kind of rosin you want. However, at the end of the day, you won’t truly know which rosin you’ll like best until you try them. So experiment! Buy a couple of them. OR purchase them one at a time and compare the tones until you get the sound that is the most true to yourself, because that is what being a musician is truly about: Being yourself! So have fun with all the different types of rosins out there!
Color indicates type of rosin. So now that we know how the bow makes sound on the string, and how rosin works (see How To Choose Rosin Series - Part 1 - How Rosin Works). What is the difference between all the different types of rosin on the market, and how do [...]
Diagram of "The Hemholtz Motion" How Rosin Works A lot of people have misconceptions when it comes to how the bow creates sound on a stringed instrument. Many people have the impression that the bow hair has scales on it that grab the string to make it vibrate, which is [...]
There are a few important points to consider when rosin shopping: Light vs. Dark Light rosin is hard and less sticky. Dark rosin is soft and stickier. Light rosin works best in warm, humid weather. Dark rosin works best in colder, drier weather. Violin and viola tend to use light rosin while cello tends to use dark rosin, but [...]
When the winter months arrive, it’s important to make sure your instrument is safe from the damages that may be caused by cold, dry weather. Wood loses its moisture when exposed to dry air, causing it to contract and possibly crack. Avoid costly and elaborate repairs by purchasing an inexpensive in-instrument humidifier, such as a [...]
When it comes to selecting a shoulder rest for your violin or viola, there is no single make or model that is universally most comfortable. Popular brands include Kun, Everest, Bonmusica, and Wolf. Thanks to the internet, the modern consumer is able to access countless online reviews which attest to the comfort level of each [...]