Rosin for Hot Environments
I’m wondering about rosin suited for extra warm situations. Not "Hot" as in strip clubs or whatever, although a friend of mine was busted a while back for running a shebeen at a sports facility - I would have loved to have been the musician in the corner who got busted too! Shades of "The Night They Raided Minsky’s!" Something for the CV! Like Rolf (or was it Rowf?) from the Muppets, who Kermit discovered tickling the ivories in "a low dive!" Some of the joints I’ve played in would fit that description!
No, I’m thinking of very warm environments. I’ve played for years in Pubs, Clubs, Hotel Lounges, but nowadays I’m playing unplugged (most of the time) in Charity Concerts, Church Halls and in Care Homes. Last week I was playing in a Care Home, firstly downstairs in the large lounge for about 20-25 residents, then upstairs for other residents who aren’t very mobile. All these senior citizens said they like fiddle music - takes them back to before electric guitars - so I was going around various rooms playing a wheen of tunes. (I believe "Wheen" is an Ulster-Scots word?) After playing for a few residents I realised things weren’t quite right with my fiddling. Especially on the e string, then on the A string as well. Felt like there was no bite between bow & strings. Later that night at my fiddle class with Belfast Trad, my bow felt skiddy, and then the penny dropped! It was so warm (hot) in the care home that the rosin had been melting on the bow. So, sez I, where did it go? Well it must have been sprayed like a mist into the air.
I put my first set of Dominants on my fiddle 4 years ago and I’m still using the chunk of Dominant rosin that I bought at the time. It comes in a cute little round tin so it’s well protected. It cost £8.30 so I should like to think so! I’ve seen the odd reference to different grades of rosin - soft/hard, light/dark and so on. Should I be looking for a Tropical/Semi-Tropical grade rosin to cope with the higher temperatures in Care Facilities, or should I shut up, man up, and rub on a dose more of the Dominant cake? Tonight I gave the bow a couple of strokes before starting practising, but the strings look like towropes now. It’s gonna be kitchen roll and white spirit in the morning I think. I did have a wee bottle of real turpentine but it’s all used up. Need to head down the Art Supplies shop for more!
Speedy answers appreciated folks - I’ve 2 more Care Facilities to play this weekend!