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​3 Uses For Rosin (Beyond The Obvious)

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Here at Super-Sensitive Musical String Co., we carry four distinct types of rosin. You can even get it in five distinct colors to match your style and personality.

As string players, we all know the importance of rosin: it works on the hair of the bow to create more friction, making the string of the instrument vibrate in a much more controllable way. But because we immediately think of rosin as a cello, bass, viola, or violin accessory, few of us ever stop to think about other ways in which rosin is used.

In Foods and Medicine

Rosin is used as a glazing agent in chewing gum and as an emulsifier in soft drinks. If you end up spilling that soft drink on your hands, you’ll probably wash up with soap...which might also contain rosin!


In soldering, solder is used to help the molten lead-tin mixture flow better. If you ever see something that’s been newly-soldered and a residue appears at the connection, that’s the rosin.


Music isn’t the only art in which rosin is used. Rosin can be used in printing, glass etching, and oil-based paints. It’s also applied to the shoes in some forms of dance in order to reduce slipping.

Rosin is a pretty amazing material, isn’t it? While you might not be using bow rosin for any of those purposes, it’s nice to be able to have a ready supply of violin, viola, bass, or cello rosin for your instrument. Check out Super-Sensitive selection of bow rosin right here.