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Violin Lessons: Dont 1

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Dont number one is the essential etude for
building technique on three and
four note chords.
Now, unlike some three and four note
chords, these are meant to be not broken.
Now the technique for this is actually
pretty simple.
You pick the middle string of the three,
in this case the A string, and
you set your arm level on the A string.
Then you simply play with good speed, and
good pressure.
And this way it's possible to sustain
three strings at once.
Now for four note chords, you start your
arm level on the D string, so
that you're hitting G, D, and A.
And then you just transition to the A
level, so you're hitting D, A, and E.
There you give the illusion that you're
playing four notes at once.
Now for these chords you want to put the
fingers down all at once,
because you're gonna be sounding the notes
all at once.
So, couple of variations on this.
You should be able to play these with ups
and downs.
Or to alternate down and up.
The technique for the up bow is exactly
the same, you put it on that level and
then maintain great pressure and speed.
Now there's some single note variations on
Again, even though you're playing in the
single notes,
you want to put all the fingers down on
the string at once.
This is a great practice for string
crossings, where the fingers are all down.
This would be useful for example, in the
opening Cadenza,
for the Sibelius Concerto.
The reverse is also valuable.
That's useful if you find that you're
often not putting
all three fingers down at once, because
this forces you to.