As rather a beginner- I'm interested in finding information on plucking. I've always enjoyed the sound of the violin plucked and most usually hear it in films and teleplays.
Is there a definitive instruction book or source on The Pluck?
In my first lesson, my teacher asked 'what's the sound on the violin without a bow'. I answered 'pizzicato'. He was trying to make a point about how important the bow was to the sound. It didn't take.
Not that I know of. The basic pizzicato is pretty self-explanatory. If it's anything other than normal pizzicato, composers tend to be fairly specific about what they want you to do.
Regular pizzicato has a few parameters that you can explore:
True, but I'm not sure there's enough to have a whole instruction book on it. It's all stuff that can be explained in a single 15-minute break in a community orchestra rehearsal. And a lot of it depends on the context, mainly on how long are the rests are before and after the pizzicato passage. (For example: the general rule I go by is to always anchor the RH thumb on the corner of the fingerboard, unless you have to switch back to arco quickly, in which case you have to make do with a floating thumb.)
You can get pizz. technique by doing guitar.
Yes to the thumb resting against the fingerboard corner, and I'd also advise tucking the frog into the palm of your hand. Otherwise if you make a quick lunge to play pizzicato there's a danger you may knock a chip out of your varnish, as I've done on many occasions
As with most musical things, the more you practice the more you discover and (hopefully) the better you get.
I remember several conductors and two chamber music coaches complaining that no violin teacher would teach pizzicato properly. And I think they had a point. It generally does not feature in violin lessons (nor, it seems, in curricula--"normal" right hand pizzicato I mean).
I'll just add my two centimes d'Euro:
Another place where things get tricky is when you have to quickly go from arco to pizz, or vice versa. It can be hard to keep the bow under control, and you might even risk dropping it if you're not careful.
There is no reason why anyone would require a book, consult your teacher.
I found that LH pizz became more difficult with aging. My guide is pretty much that if you can snap your LH finger and hear the sound you can probably doe LH pizz.
I'm right there with you Andrew.
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