Simultaneous LH pizzicato and arco

March 30, 2005 at 07:34 AM · I've been writing a piece a couple years ago and have been really struggling with how to transcribe it, not to mention getting good enough at it to play it proficiently. It features lots of simultaneous LH pizzicato and bowing, and I haven't the slightest clue how to write it down. Help, please . . . someone? There is a lot of finger "blocking" that I can write down, but beyond that, I'm having a heck of a time trying to write down much else so that it makes sense to read all at once.

here's a link to some of the parts I've having trouble notating theillness.mp3

Thank you in advance.


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March 30, 2005 at 09:13 AM · Hi,

Both Nel cor piu non mi sento by Paganini and The Last Rose of Summer by Ernst use that. That would be a good example of how to notate it.


March 30, 2005 at 05:04 PM · the L.H. pizz should be stems down with a + written above them (the arco parts should be stems up). I think that will work.

March 30, 2005 at 07:30 PM · Hi Jeff,

If you're using a notation programme such as Finale or Sibelius, there are ways to insert new layers for more than one voice, also ways to flip stems one way or another. I only mention it because I had to have this pointed out to me by a colleague recently!

June 16, 2005 at 02:30 PM · Thanks everyone for the responses. It's been a while since I checked this thread.


June 18, 2005 at 09:17 PM · Write the L.H. pizz. notes in a second voice with + signs over the notes.

June 19, 2005 at 08:24 PM · I enjoyed hearing your music! Hadn't thought of left hand pizz. with slow fiddle tunes... but I think I may just give it a try!


June 21, 2005 at 12:52 AM · Simply note which notes are to be played with the left hand and do not connect the stems of the arco voice with the pizz. Please note that all stems for the left hand pizz need not be all down. I have scanned the first page of a Hait caprice that will show you the proper notation. Please send me your email if you would like to have it.

June 21, 2005 at 04:42 AM · Well, my brother recently worked on a study by Kayser: it's number 35, i think. If you could acquire a copy, then look at the very last line; it shows you quite clearly how to notate. Usually, place the LH pizz notes on the bottom, arco on the top.

August 4, 2005 at 12:59 PM · You can write on 2 staves with left pizzicato on the bottom stave.

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