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!


  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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