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Choosing Rosin for Your String Instrument
By West Music Company
6/8/2017 7:07:00 AM

Rosin plays a significant role in orchestra playing, but it has been given little attention compared to the bow and the instrument. Many players choose to purchase better quality rosin that suits their instrument. Below is valuable information about rosin and tips on how to choose the best for your instrument.

Student rosins are often less expensive and produce more powder when used, and is often preferred by for fiddlers, too. Most classical players prefer professional grade rosins, as they usually produce a smoother and more controlled tone.

The color of the rosin, light or dark, and is occasionally known as summer (light) or winter (dark). For violin or viola, light colored rosins are preferred, as they tend to be harder, denser, and less sticky than their darker counterpart. Dark rosins, being much softer, are used to activate thicker strings — especially bass, and are used more in cool, dry climates, as they will tend to stick in hot and humid conditions.

Prefer a paper copy of this information? Download and print this handy PDF version of the article and keep it with you in your instrument case for reference!


Jade rosinJADE ROSIN

Jade rosin is a famous synthetic rosin made in France. It comes wrapped in a cloth inside of a hard plastic container. The rosin provides a great grip, and hardly produces any dust which is great for players with airborne sensitivities or allergies.


dark and light rosinHILL DARK AND LIGHT ROSIN

Used for violin, viola, and cello, the amber (light) is slightly harder and has moderate powder. The dark (green) is slightly softer and grips better than the amber.


D'Addario RosinD’ADDARIO DARK AND LIGHT ROSIN

All natural ingredients are combined in a very special process make D’Addario Natural Rosin. This rosin is perfect for either horsehair or synthetic hair bows. The streamline packaging fits nicely in cases and the unique plastic channel provides an easy grip for students. Designed and manufactured in the USA.


magic rosinMAGIC ROSIN

Used by top soloists, professionals, teachers and students, Magic Rosin™ is a premium rosin for violin, viola, cello, and bass. Invented by a professional cellist and teacher, Magic Rosin™ provides excellent resistance and allowance for a clear, complex tone. Formulated from only pine resins and no other ingredients, its appearance is almost clear, presenting a whole new generation of visually appealing rosin.


hypo-allergic rosinCLARITY HYPO-ALLERGIC ROSIN

For advanced and professional players, this hypo-allergenic rosin is made from a synthetic hydrocarbon resin compound that substantially improves the properties of rosin producing a clear string response.


Hidersine RosinHIDERSINE ROSIN

Hidersine is a premium rosin formulated for cello players and made in the UK. This rosin is intended for advanced bowing techniques. Rosin comes in light or dark and can be ordered for violin players, as well.


pops bassPOPS BASS ROSIN

Pops is the most recommended rosin for beginner to experienced professional bass players. This rosin comes as a large, soft cake for easy storage and application. You can’t go wrong with Pops.


Kaplan RosinKAPLAN ROSIN

A nice rosin in a nice case, this premium rosin is for violin and viola players. Kaplan rosin produces less dust keeping your instrument and case cleaner.



West Music has a 75-year tradition of helping beginner, intermediate and advanced musicians play their best. Find rosin and other orchestral string accessories designed for beginner and intermediate musicians on our website or at our stores. Professional musicians, orchestra directors and student are encouraged to contact West Music Orchestra directly for the best selection and bulk pricing.

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