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Digital Subscriptions > The Strad > August 2019 > Keep the wolf from the door

Keep the wolf from the door

Joseph Curtin describes a quick and simple method for violinists to eliminate a wolf tone on their instrument, along with the science behind it.

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Points of interest to violin and bow makers

How a piece of modelling clay can be attached to a string’s afterlength to eliminate a wolf note

Pluck the afterlength of your violin’s G string and you will hear a note about two octaves above the open Destring. If the instrument has a wolf note, it is typically in the octave below that, between C and C sharp. Detuning the afterlength until it matches the frequency of the wolf is a powerful way to get rid of it.

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Double bassist Leon Bosch discusses his career, and we investigate the bass makers of Manchester. There’s an interview with early music pioneer Eduard Melkus and cellist Johannes Moser gives a Mendelssohn Masterclass. Plus Leonidas Kavakos’s teaching tips