Problem with Double-Stop Harmonics

February 22, 2004 at 12:53 AM · I can't play double-stop harmonics in tune. Sometimes I even play wrong notes, when attempting to do them. Any advice would be appreciated.


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February 22, 2004 at 02:07 AM · The Flesch scale book includes short double harmonic exercises in all keys. That would be a good start.

They're just very difficult. It takes time and patience.

February 22, 2004 at 10:45 AM · Thank you. I guess I'll have to get practising right away.


February 23, 2004 at 03:55 AM · Greetings,

well, have some prunes first.


February 23, 2004 at 08:58 AM · And just to clear up things, your pitch is determain by the base finger.


If you play one harmonic that is 1 and 4 on the D-string, The 1 finger makes the pitch and the 4 finger how clear the harmonic will sound.

Practice all you double harmonics in steps.

If the double stop is to be played with

1-(3) on the D-string, tones Eb and F, sounding G

2-(4) on the A-string, tones B (do you say H in Finland?) and E, sounding B

(the () indicates the non-pressed note)


1. Play the Eb in tune with your 1 finger

2. Play the B in tune with your 2 finger WHILE holding down the 1 finger

3. Play both together, listen for intonation and even sound on both strings

4. While holding down 1 and 2, play 1, 3, 1, 3.. etc on the D-string, listen for intonation.

5. While holding down 1 and 2, play 2, 4, 2, 4... etc on the A-string, and listen...

6. PLay 1-2, 2-4, 1-2, 2-4 double stops an listen for Intonation and even sound and "preassure".

7. Play 1, (3), 1 (3)

8. Play 2, (4), 2, (4)

9. Play (2)-(4)


ALWAYS hold your base fingers down.

Good luck!

February 23, 2004 at 06:37 PM · Thank you too Mattias. You helped me a lot! Yes, we say H not B. How about you?

Buri, I shall try to find some from the kitchen...


February 23, 2004 at 06:47 PM · Golden rule with harmonics - especially artificial ones - keep the bow very close to the bridge! Practice does help exponentially, though, and the intervals between the fingers tend to "fall into place" better with time, too.

February 23, 2004 at 07:12 PM · Most Swedes say H, but more and more say B.

Are you not in Tampere tonight? Gringolts is doing Sibelius :)

And I am stuck on the other side of the sea...

February 24, 2004 at 01:56 AM · Greetings,

Mr Gringolts, please could you play the Sibelius rather loudly so Mattias can hear it,



February 24, 2004 at 05:12 AM · That would be nice!

Thanks for the tip, Huri :)

February 24, 2004 at 07:55 AM · It would have beren great to go there, but there are so many other things to do (practising,practising, etc.) ;)

Seriously, I didn't know about the concert.


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