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