String crossings in Bruch 3rd Movement

September 2, 2021, 11:32 PM · Thanks for all the supportive advice on double stops in the 3rd Movement of Bruch. To follow up, now that double stops don’t sound like utter garbage, another hard part that’s giving me trouble is the string crossing passages(measures 146 and 253 from the beginning of the 3rd movement, not from the solo violin entrance). I constantly feel like the notes on the a and d strings(especially when the notes on the d and a strings are fifths) sound hushed and cracked compared to the notes on the e string. Any thoughts?

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September 3, 2021, 3:22 AM · So first things first - how confident are you in the intonation? Great intonation will make the notes seem to sparkle as they have better resonance. The left-hand positions required are a bit crunchy.

Then, the pattern of string-crossings is also a bit inconvenient because it's not rhythmically even. As a result you make the string crossing in a place you have probably not practiced much, as normally one practices in a straightforward rhythym.

And finally your strings will react to the bow differently when you are crossing in 5th and 6th position.

I suggest practicing the string-crossing *rhythm* slowly first with open strings, then with some plain stopped strings in 1st position (e.g. 3 on E, 2 on A, 1 on D then 2 on E, 1 on A, 1 on D), then eventually in the higher positions. This will get you used to crossing the strings in the right places.

Hope this helps!


September 5, 2021, 1:31 PM · Lighten up bow speed if it's sounding 'cracked'...sometimes to get more sound we feel like we need to really dig into the string, but that can often cause more ugly sound and less projection. Try relying on less bow weight and a bit more bow speed in that passage. I also echo Chris' comment of practicing the pattern slowly with open strings first.


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