Play lower than the open G! Learn subharmonics with 'Press Your Bow'

January 20, 2016, 5:33 PM · I was feeling the 80s today, and made a new video about a trick that even lots of pros don't know: subharmonics. I'm certainly not the only violinist to be able to play them, and they may not have a lot of practical uses, but come on! Lower than the open G? You have to try them for yourself, and my new game show "Press Your Bow" shows you how.


January 21, 2016 at 03:30 AM · Do you remember when we had a lot of fun with this in the discussion board some years ago? One person I forget her name, had some great examples she demonstrated.

Thanks for bringing it up again--great fun.

January 21, 2016 at 06:34 PM · That would be Mari Kimura.

January 21, 2016 at 07:33 PM · Yes, that's her. And thanks, Laurie! For hypertexting a link into my post, to that old discussion!

January 21, 2016 at 10:07 PM · Hey what do you know, I was in on that discussion too! Thanks for resurrecting.

January 23, 2016 at 08:03 AM · Yer welcome! :)

I keep thinking of that Tchaik 5 example and it cracks me up every time. We do definitely still need our brethren in the lower strings! But such a fun trick, thanks Nate!

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