3 Ways to Play Accents on the Violin | Violin Lounge TV #301

by | Mar 13, 2019 | Bowing Technique | 2 comments

In this video I share 3 different techniques to play accents on the violin

They all have their own sound effect and can be combined with each other

Accent 1: Push with your index finger

For this way of playing accents, it’s important that you can move your index finger independently within the bow hold. Give a little push or pinch with your index finger at the start of the note. You’ll get a taaa sound instead of a laaa sound.

Accent 2: Bow speed

With a higher bow speed at the beginning of the note, you can create a more softer sounding accent.

Accent 3: Vibrato accent

Accents can also be done with your left hand. When you make a faster and wider vibrato in the beginning of the note, you’ll also hear an accent. This is a beautiful and subtle way of playing accents.

Combine and experiment

Of course different pieces ask for a different sound. Experiment with combinations of these three ways of playing accents on the violin.

Which way do you think sounds best? Let me know in the comments below!

2 Comments

  1. Earthling

    Dear Zlata, you have such a simple way of teaching things…which makes you a wonderful teacher. These are so important for the expressions on the Violin. Thank you so much for all your time and effort. I am grateful. Sending loads of good vibrations your way.

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