Playing 5ths on the violin
Here Rodney Friend seems to be claiming he discovered a secret: - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3MTE7aPDM3Y
And here Hrachya Harutyunian seems to be claiming he discovered the same secret: - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wYBA1QFyG6M
Is there a truth lurking anywhere, or are they just using rhetoric for instructional purposes?
My web connections hardly work with the lock-down, so I can't watch U-Toob!
The secret to good intonation is in the elbow (and wrist too, possibly) position, I gather. I have watched neither video from beginning to end yet, just downloaded them, lol! (a book owned is a book half-read: a page bookmarked is a page half-read: a video downloaded is a video half-watched!)
Thanks for the links Gordon, the common thing between the two videos is indeed that they both urge you to practice routine (or not so routine) passages in fifths. Hrachya Harutyunian (second video) mainly offers this as a practice method for fifths. So his point is: if you have troubles with fifths in chords, double stops, etc., try to make a habit of regularly playing just random passages in fifths. For example (he did not give that example) play Kreutzer 2 in fifths. It will give you the good feeling for fifths very quickly.
The secret to playing fifths in tune is to get REALLY fast at fixing them when they're wrong.
Another benefit to fifths, apart from tidying up posture and tone creation, is learning music. When you don’t have a clear shot at hearing the tune, you have to draw on different parts of your memory to make it all work. This is good mental exercise.
thanks Jeewon for your perspective!
Sorry, @Stephen, but I don't understand any of this: "When you don’t have a clear shot at hearing the tune, you have to draw on different parts of your memory to make it all work. "
There's a doctoral thesis 'Fifths: An Approach to Violin Technique for the Left Hand as Taught by Rodney Friend' available at https://uknowledge.uky.edu/music_etds/107/
I met the author. She was recently doing a master's at Oxford while commuting in to London for lessons with Friend. Very fine violinist.
Thanks, Jeewon Kim, for interpreting Friend's video. He is the kind of teacher who drives me up the wall!
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