Practice Advanced Violin Techniques

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Mute

This is a video tutorial on how to use a violin mute.

Steps

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    The violin mute helps to give a violin a soft, gentle, and warm sound
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    The mute can be made from different materials, such as wood, plastic, or metal. The one in the video is made of rubber.
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    The mute is placed between the A and the D strings below the bridge
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    Let us demonstrate the difference
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    The first demonstration will be without the mute, and the second one will be with mute. Please listen closely to the difference.
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    Now, place the mute between the A and the D strings to mute the sound
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    When you have finished playing with the mute, you can slide it back under the bridge
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Staccato

This is a video tutorial on how to play staccato on the violin.

Steps

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    Staccato is played by swift movements of the bow
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    The notes are very short. Press down on the bow and then swiftly strike back as shown in the video.
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    Now, do it a little faster
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Tremolo

You're watching VisiHow. This is a video tutorial on how to play tremolos.

Steps

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    Tremolos are played with the quick movement at the bottom of the bow
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    The whole arm needs to be relaxed and loose
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    The bow should be firmly placed on the strings followed by swift back-and-forth movement of the bow hand
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Grace Note

This is a video tutorial on grace notes on the violin. There are two kinds of grace notes. There are a short one and a long one.

Steps

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    A short grace note is crushed over in the note head, which is why it sounds very abrupt and short compared to the longer grace note
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    The note is called acciaccatura.
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    The second grace note is a longer version called the appoggiatura
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Glissando

This is a video tutorial on glissando.

Steps

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    Glissando is played by sliding your finger from note to note
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    All the notes must be heard in between the notes that you are playing
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    For example, you may have B and D. Slide back and forth between these notes.
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    Watch that the fingers do not leave the final notes
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    Slide between the notes as when performing a legato slur.
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    Your fingers must slide steadily and calmly
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    For example, you can play from C to A with glissando, then slide your finger first and place it on the final note afterwards.
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Embellishment

This is a video tutorial on embellishments.

Steps

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    In order to play embellishments, you must play several notes in sequence in order for it to sound complete
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    In order to go from F (fa) to A (la), you must play a short, soft, and light ornamental note between the notes to create a beautiful, rich, and delicate sound
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    Every note must be heard.
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Vibrato

You're watching VisiHow. This is a video tutorial on how to play vibrato on the violin.

Steps

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    On the violin, vibrato starts from the third position as you place your second finger on the note that you want to play
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    The finger should stay steady as it should be able to glide back and forth gently.
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    Remember to keep the finger in its proper form and shape
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    With this kind of movement, you exercise your finger in order to create a systematic and beautiful vibrato.
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    Please listen closely to the example of vibrato
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Trill

This is a video tutorial on how to play trills on the violin.

Steps

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    When you play trills, your first finger must be firmly placed onto a string
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    Then, place the second finger
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    You must swiftly move your fingers in order to perform and execute trills effectively
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    Watch closely.
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    There is also a technique called "trills from the top"
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    First, place your third finger on the string and quickly move your finger up and down.
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Sul Tasto

This is a video tutorial on how to play sul tasto on the violin.

Steps

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    In sul tasto bowing, the bow should be as close to the fingerboard as possible
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    It should not be near the bridge like in ponticello or in the middle like con arco. This gives the melody a more beautiful, soft, and airy sound. Please listen closely to sul tasto bowing.
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Legato Slurs

You're watching VisiHow. This is a video tutorial on how to play legato slurs on the violin.

Steps

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    A legato combines a couple of notes in a phrase and slurs them together
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    Once you change the position of the bow, the change from one note to another must happen smoothly. The change takes place from the top of the bow to the bottom without lifting up the bow from the strings. Please listen closely.
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    The difference may occur when you change the direction of the bow movement
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Stacatto and Legato Bowing

You're watching VisiHow. This is a tutorial on stacatto and legato bowing on the violin.

Steps

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    To combine both stacatto and legato bowing, combine a four-note passage
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    The first two notes will be with a legato slur
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    They will be followed by two short stacatto notes.
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    Please listen carefully to the following examples of stacatto and legato bowing
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Spiccato

This is a video tutorial on how to play spiccato on the violin.

Steps

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    A spiccato is played by firmly placing the bow upon the strings
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    To further accentuate the notes, press the first finger firmly upon the bow.
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    Now, please listen closely
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    These notes are short. This must be done with the bottom of the bow, as you have more force in control.
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Portato

This is a video tutorial on how to play portato on the violin.

Steps

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    A portato is a violin bowing technique that sequences two or more notes together with different sections of the bow
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    Each note should be outlined and be of the same length. All of the notes should be equal to each other.
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    Begin by mentally dividing the bow in sections for each note and then start playing
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    A portato should not be played like displayed in this section of the video
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    Each note should have same equal parts
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Portamento

You're watching VisiHow. This is a video tutorial on how to play portamento on the violin.

Steps

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    A portamento is similar to a glissando
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    You gradually slide into the next note, but shorter with a portamento. When you play any type of melody, you must place your finger first and then play the note in order to be sure that the note is accurate.
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    Now, please listen to the following example of portamento bowing
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    The fingers are placed on the note that you need to play
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    Then, you play the melody. Slide gradually into the note that you want to play with a portamento.
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Ponticello

This is a video tutorial on how to play ponticello on the violin.

Steps

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    To play ponticello correctly, place the bow as close to the bridge as possible, not in the middle or near the fingerboard
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    Place the bow and make swift movements up and down and from top to the bottom without moving or bending the bow in any direction other than parallel to the violin
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Pizzicato

This is a video tutorial on how to play pizzicato on the violin.

Steps

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    You can play pizzicato with both hands
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    Place the thumb of the right hand against the fingerboard and follow by plucking either with the first, second, third, or fourth finger like in the video.
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    As for the left hand, the fourth finger does most of the work
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    You can also pluck with the first, second, or third finger, which is shown in the video.
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Overtone

This is a video tutorial on how to play overtones on the violin. Overtones can be played in two different ways.

Steps

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    The first way to play an overtone is playing an open overtone, which sounds as shown in the video
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    In order to play an open overtone, place the finger very lightly on the string
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    An open overtone will not be played in any place
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    It is only relevant for some places on the fingerboard that provides certain quality and a particular sound of the harmonics. A good overtone sounds as the one in the video.
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    If you want to play a different overtone, you must place your first finger on the string and the fourth finger has to aim at the note while we play
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    An overtone is shown in the video.
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    Remember that while playing overtones, there might be some squeaky sounds that come from the violin if the finger is not placed correctly
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Martele

This is a video tutorial on how to play martele on the violin.

Steps

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    Martele bowing starts from the frog with a swift slide of the bow to the head and back
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    Please listen closely to the first example.
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    The accent is made on the frog of the bow and should be placed firmly on the strings with a swift movement
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    Remember to use the whole bow, from bottom to the top, in order to complete martele bowing.
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Dynamics

This is a video tutorial on dynamics: crescendo, decrescendo, piano, forte, and forzando on the violin.

Steps

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    In the first example, piano and pianissimo are shown
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    Please listen closely to these.
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    Now, a forte and fortissimo are shown
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    As you can hear, more force is used on fortes and less pressure is applied to the bow while playing a pianissimo.
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    In the next example, sforzandos are shown
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    These are played with swift strikes of the bow starting with a forte and going to a piano.
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    For a crescendo and decrescendo, let us go from a piano to a forte and then back to a piano
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Detache

This is a video tutorial on how to play detache on the violin.

Steps

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    A detache starts with the middle part of the bow and then grows into the rest part of the bow
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    First, you should start off with a piano. Then, you should increase to a forte. Eventually, you will return to a piano. Now, please listen closely to the following example of detache bowing.
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    Detache bowing is where the bow never stops playing
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    There are no outlined notes, and the bow plays complete and full notes.
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Col Legno

This is a video tutorial on how to play col legno on the violin.

Steps

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    A col legno is played with the wooden part of the bow and not with the ribbon
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    You must bend your bow a little and hit the strings lightly.
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    You can also bend your bow to the other side
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    This side is more comfortable to use while playing
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    It is a preference for most musicians while playing the violin.
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Bow Agitato

This is a video tutorial on bowing agitato on the violin.

Steps

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    Unlike staccato, agitato has a much more rough sound
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    The technique is the same, as you must press the bow down hard starting at the string and not pressing down from the air.
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    You must have your bow on the string to press down hard like in the example in the video
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    The difference between staccato and agitato is that stacatto is a lot softer
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    Now, let us play agitato
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