Double Stops Help
Hi, I'm struggling to get double stops in tune with intervals 3, 5 and 6. With interval 5, I struggle to play a 1 finger double stop. Any help? Thx.
Playing 5ths is tricky. It's a matter of experimenting with the amount of finger pressure on each string. What does your teacher say? Are you able to correct yourself when you play double stops out of tune?
Intervals across the strings are so different from those along the strings
Thx for the replies. @Ella, I had an etude or a piece(cant remember the name), and there was a interval 5th chord and I played it correctly somehow and my teacher was like "Wow, good job, I didn't know you could play 5ths!" I was surprised myself, but now I am playing Kreutzer no 33 which there were some 5th chords that I can't play correctly. My teacher has also been noticing that. I correct myself if I can tell if its out of tune or not, but connecting double stops in tune is a problem :(
i'm not sure if my personal experiences apply to everyone (due to physical differences), but with 5ths I find these 2 things are necessary:
I think you're totally on the ball. I tend to use the fingerpad for 5ths.
Frank, I agree. The fingertip must be a little farther from the nut than usual since it is the sides of the pad that make the note. One can also roll the pad if the lower note is not held in a chord.
For 5ths: What works for me to play them *sort of* in tune is playing the bottom string with only a slice of the finger (10% of the finger), and playing the upper string with about 90% of the finger. Finger should be pretty tall. Left elbow placement can make a difference too, sometimes it helps to pull the elbow slightly to the left. Palm pretty close to the fingerboard.
Most of us forget what a double stop is: you stop 2 strings instead of one.
Bowing is also crucial. In my experience a somewhat lighter and faster bow close to the fingerboard works best to develop intonation, because the sound is more transparent that way. Regarding balance the 60:40 rule suggested by Susanna strikes me as a good rule of thumb, but things can vary from instrument to instrument. On my violin, e.g., the D-string is weaker than the G-string and I need more of a 40:60 balance for that pair of strings. One tip for practicing fifths: Start with bowing a pair of open strings until you really like the balance and then proceed to fingered 5ths keeping the same balance, but using a slighly faster and lighter bow.
Thanks for the tips! I'll go experiment with them.