The Best Violin Rosin (2020)

Let’s start things off by briefly explaining what a rosin is…

Rosin, which can also be referred to as a colophon or colophony, is a resin that comes from pines trees. Violinists use it because of its ability to induce friction.

As a violin player, it is very important the hair on the bow is able to ease over the strings gently. This ensures you are able to produce the best possible sound.

The only way to really do this is by rubbing rosin on the bow strings. This makes them sticky so they can gently graze across the strings.

As with all things, there are a lot of different types of rosin on the market. Not only are there different brands, but there are also darker rosins, and lighter rosins.

The Best Violin Rosin

Darker rosins tend to be soft and thick, while lighter rosins are harder. Harder rosins tend to be easier to clean because they are not as powdery.

The problem is harder rosin doesn’t always produce the sound you want.

With that being said, let’s take a look at the top 10 best violin rosin, based on your needs and taste.

Top 10 Best Violin Rosins

  1. D’Addario Natural Rosin, Light
  2. D’Addario Kaplan Artcraft Rosin, Light
  3. Sherman Violin Rosin: Dark
  4. The Original Bernardel Rosin For Violin
  5. Jade L’Opera JADE Rosin
  6. The Original Hill Dark Rosin For Violin
  7. Melos Dark Violin Rosin
  8. Pirastro Goldflex Rosin For Violin – Viola – Cello
  9. Pirastro Oliv/Evah Rosin For Violin – Viola – Cello
  10. Andrea Violin Solo Rosin

If you are on a tight budget, but you do not wish to compromise quality, the D’Addario Natural Rosin, Light, is a great option for you.

The easy to use block has a grip on the side which makes it super easy for both beginners and students to use.

All ingredients in this bar are natural, and it can be used on both horsehair, and synthetic bows.

If you don’t mind spending a little extra on your rosin, the D’Addario Kaplan Artcraft Rosin is probably the best value for your money.

It is actually made using the original Kaplan recipe, created by Ladislav Kaplan. It provides a great level of stickiness and produces very little dust.

It's also able to withstand heat quite well. Which by the way is very important.

This rosin is one of the best choices for beginners.

This rosin is great for those who move around a lot with their instrument. It's enclosed in a 2” wooden block with a cover.

This makes it easy to transport from place to place.

This rosin is competitively priced and is a great value for the money. It is actually better than many of the more expensive rosins currently on the market.

And even when it's hot outside, this rosin does not get too soft.

The one big issue you may run into the dust it produces. However, it's not all that much dust, and it can be reduced through careful use and cleaning.

No matter what level violinist you are, the Bernardel Rosin will be a good option.

Its ease of application is attractive to beginners, while its ability to produce great sound is attractive to professionals.

And the best part is it has a very modest price tag.

Though this is a light rosin, it is a lot stickier than other light rosins. It will give your bow the perfect amount of friction to play all your favorite tunes.

This rosin has a harder texture which makes it ideal for those who live in warmer climates.

The Jade L’Opera is one of the more expensive rosins. It is also one of the better quality rosins. Because of its higher quality, you are less likely to scratch your bow.

This rosin also produces less dust, and is much softer than many other rosins on the market.

One application of the Jade L’Opera rosin should last for up to a 2 hour music session.

So while you will initially pay more for this rosin, it will last longer, and thus save you money in the long run.

The Hill brand is one of the more popular rosin brands among professional violin players. The Original Hill is a superior rosin that is soft and light.

It provides a strong grip between the bow and the string which helps produce a high quality sound.

Giving it an even more luxurious feel, is the way the rosin is packaged. This Hill brand rosin comes wrapped in a padded velveteen shell.

And while this rosin is great all year round, it is especially good during the colder months of the year.

Melos is without a doubt one of the most well known Brands in the violin world. Professionals love them because of the world class rosin they produce.

Not only is there rosin completely natural and free of chemicals, but it is 100% handmade.

The Melos Dark rosin is soft and smooth. If you live in a warm environment this rosin is not suitable for you. It is a better option for those in colder climates.

If you play chamber music, you will love the robust sounds this rosin is able to produce.

If you are into a little glamour, you will love the Pirastro Goldflex Rosin. This amber colored rosin has a flex of gold running through it.

And no, this is not just for show. The goldflex has a purpose. It helps create a strong grip between the bow and the strings.

The warm color matches the warm sound that this rosin is able to produce. The sound is very clear and full of depth. It is the very reason so many violinists choose Pirastro rosin.

When it comes to what it takes to get the best sound out of your violin, Pirastro is the best. As one of the leading violin string providers, sound is their specialty.

The Pirastro Oliv/Evah Rosin was specifically formulated to work with the Oliv and Evah Pirazzi strings.

And while this rosin provides a strong grip, it is also a very gentle grip.

Because this rosin is so dark, it can become quite soft. It is therefore best that only the most experienced violin players use this rosin.

When it comes to price, this rosin is on the more expensive side.

This rosin is smooth and powerful. If you are looking for precision, the Andrea Violin Solo Rosin delivers.

Due to the price, this rosin would not be ideal for a student or complete beginner.

If however, you are a professional who plays for large audiences on a regular basis, the extra cost will be well worth it.

Trust us when we say, once you use this rosin, you will never use another one.

Our Final Thoughts

This is a short list of some of the best violin rosin that is available. Do your research and find the one that will work best for your situation.

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Video Transcript


hi I'm Liz with daddario and I am here

with Taylor Morris violinist fiddler and

educator and today he's gonna give us a

lesson on rosin yeah so rosin originally

is sap from a pine tree which is a

material called resin today when we make

rosin it's usually a combination of

resin with some other materials like

beeswax and usually rosin comes in a

circular form or it might come in a

rectangle and we call these cakes so you

have a cake we have some cakes of rosin

here and another important thing to know

is that if you're someone who has

allergies to trees and you might be

allergic to the material in rosin there

are also synthetic versions of rosin so

that you don't have any problems with

that that's fantastic so when you have

the rosin cake in front of you and you

add that to the bow and we'll talk about

how that works

um what is going on like why does rosin

do what it does yeah so bow hair by

itself is actually pretty smooth and the

sound on an instrument is created when

we take the bow hair and we use it to

grip the strings and then when you pull

the bow across the strings it's the

sound of the strings snapping back into

place while it's being gripped that

actually creates the pitch so if you

have very very smooth bow hair and you

try to pull the bow across the strings

it's going to give you a really fluffy

tone so once you rise in the bow that

allows the bow to grip the string so

that when you pull the bow across the


we get a very clear tone okay when you

are pulling the bow across the string

with rosin on it yeah that's actually

going on yeah so this is actually a bit

of a science lesson go ahead and put

your hands together for me and I'll rub

them together and you notice that your

hands are heating up because of friction

so when you take the bow and you pull it

across the strings there's friction

that's created from the rubbing of the

bow hair on the string and the heat

that's produced from that friction

temporarily melts the rosin so that it's

stickier and that it grips to the string

and something that's important to know

about the stickiness of rosin is that

there are actually different types of

rosin so rosin sort of exists on a

spectrum on one end we have lighter

rosin and on the other and we have

darker rosin and then bass players have

a whole other type of rosin that's

incredibly sticky so you should only buy

a bass rosin if you're a bass player if

you put bass rosin on a violin bow and

you try to pull it across the violin

it's not gonna make a pleasant sound

well let's talk about how to put the

resin on to the boat yeah great

so the first thing that you need to do

is you need to make sure that your bow

hair is tightened when you put the rosin

on the bow hair you want to go ahead and

do it slowly you want to make sure that

you're not hitting the Frog and ripping

the rosin and you also want to make sure

that when you pull the bow across the

rosin that you're using the rosin on all

of the bow hairs so you want to make

probably three or four passes across the

bow you don't need to put on a lot of

rosin you just need as much as you need

to make a clear sound so if you feel

like your sound is really fluffy and

thin you might need a bit more rosin if

you feel like your sound is pretty

gritty you probably have on too much

rosin you might not need the rosin the

next day when you play your instrument

and before we go do you have any other

tips and tricks for it yeah so a few

things to know about rosin when you

first get rosin it's gonna look like

this it's pretty shiny and then as you

start to use the rosin that shininess is

gonna go away and you're gonna be able

to access that rosin a little bit better

so know that when you first get it and

it looks like this that's totally fine

don't scratch it before you use it the

very first time that can create jagged

surfaces in the rosin and that can break

bow hairs so just use it like you

normally would you might need to use it

a little bit longer to sort of really

get that get to get the rosin ready to


but you

need to do anything extra to it

something else to know about rosin is

that rosin is pretty fragile so if you

drop it it's going to shatter and it's

gonna make a big mess and be really

sticky and you don't want to deal with

that so if you've got a case go ahead

and close that case when you're done

using your rosin if your rosin looks

like this usually it comes in a box go

ahead and put it back in the box if your

rosin comes with a cloth wrapper around

it go ahead and wrap that razzing up so

that it's safe the last and probably

most important thing about using rosin

is that at the end of the day when

you're done practicing and you're

putting your instrument away you want to

make sure that you go ahead and take a

clean cloth to wipe down the strings

wipe down the finger board to prevent

rosin from building up on the strings if

that rosin cakes up over time it can

interfere with the way that the string

is supposed to vibrate and that means

that your string is not necessarily

going to last as long so clean our

strings is going to leave you with the

cleaner sound and strings that last a

bit longer sounds good thanks so much

Taylor thank you