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Need HELP with Bach Sonata #1, part 1 Adagio, measure 9 chord fingering.

June 9, 2013 at 11:26 PM

I need help with measure 9 of Bach Sonata for violin part 1 Adagio. About halfway into this measure there is a chord with the following notes in this order: A - F# - C natural.

My copy doesn't have any suggested fingering and I cannot figure out how to get finger 1, which is playing A, to jump to C natural for the chord. What am I supposed to do for this chord. It looks like first position is the only option for this since the A only exists on the G string in first position.


From Eric Rowe
Posted on June 11, 2013 at 12:05 AM
It is after the trill, right?

Isn't it just fingers 1, 3 and 2 in order of the notes?

Disclosure: not a professional, but did recently work through this piece.

From Julianne Heinen
Posted on June 12, 2013 at 1:17 AM
THANK YOU! I get so set on finger 2 on the F# that I forget to think outside the "normal" first position finger pattern. This works.

There is not a trill on my copy but I don't have the best copy. I downloaded free on the internet. Should probably compare it to another version and write in the trill.

Thanks again!

From Eric Rowe
Posted on June 12, 2013 at 11:13 PM
You are welcome.

I've always preferred thinking in terms of the fingering patterns rather than "positions". If you take that pattern and play it on any three strings, anywhere on the fingerboard (as long as you compensate for the shrinking intervals as you go up) you will always hear the same diminished triad sound but in different tonalities/keys. You probably realise that.

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