3 Tips to Cross Multiple Strings on the Violin | Violin Lounge TV #339

by | Nov 27, 2019 | Bowing Technique | 6 comments

How to skip a string without noise or hitting the string in between? For example when going from a G to an A string or E string (a big string crossing).

There are 3 ways to tackle a big string crossing in which you have to skip one or two strings

Here’s how to avoid noise and hitting the strings in between.

#1: See if it’s really necessary

If you can do position play, you might choose a different fingering and avoid the big string crossing altogether. In the video above I show you an example.

#2: Time the string crossing in the bow change

Don’t bow and cross strings at the same time. First make a down bow, cross strings and make an up bow. If will be sloppy if you don’t do the string crossing in the bow change, but during the bow stroke.

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#3 Lift the bow when crossing strings

Another trick is to lift the bow just a little bit to avoid sounds on the strings you want to avoid to hit.

Practice string crossings!

Download Ševčík’s 40 variations below and take a look at variation nr 13 to practice big string crossings.


  1. Stewart

    Hello Zlata,

    I can manage the play on D stop on D rotate and Play on E string.
    The tune is an Irish Slide ‘Going to the Well for Water’ and is an octave apart viz E on D string to open E;
    but needs to be very quick to hide the ‘stop and rotate.
    Many thanks for the tip

    • Violinist Zlata Brouwer

      Glad it’s helpful, Stewart, in octaves you might want to use first and fourth finger to avoid a large string crossing in a high tempo. On the other side in Irish music, you might prefer the ringing open E string.

  2. Rty Euzch

    Hi Zlata,

    So I can do string crossings okay, but how would I do a string crossing from the G-string C note to the 4th finger E (in A string) note in a slur?

    • Violinist Zlata Brouwer

      Hi, thanks for your question, could you give me some context? Which piece are you referring to? And which bow technique is used? In that way I can give a more specific answer to your question. All the best, Zlata

  3. Thisbe

    A simple but excellent advice: do not cross and bow at the same time. Instead of practicing over and over on the smooth movement of crossing I now focus on the split second between the down and up bow to cross the strings. And it works so well!!!



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