Dominant strings are the most well known strings around. This is the synthetic core type. It feels softer on my fingers than the steel strings. The sound is great after playing it for about two weeks. The e-string is not so great though. It sometimes squeaks like a mouse. You will notice a difference in quality over the steel strings, but if your violin skills are bad then it won't make a difference. it makes the notes you play sound richer, not the way you play it.