7 Different Violin Techniques to Play Loud and Soft | Violin Lounge TV #443

by | Oct 27, 2021 | Beautiful Tone, Bowing Technique | 3 comments

Improve the dynamic range on your violin by learning these 7 ways to play loud and soft:

Play expressively and create different sound colors by improving your dynamic range

These 7 different violin techniques to play loud and soft all have their own sound

#1 Position and String

For the same note a high position on a lower string has a softer and warmer tone. You choose your fingering not only based on what’s handy, but also to create the sound quality you want.

#2 Bow Speed

How much of the bow you use for a certain note determines the bow speed: the speed with which the bow travels over the string. the higher the speed, the louder you sound.

#3 Bow Distribution

Playing at the frog sounds louder than at the tip. Base your choices in bow distribution on how you want certain notes to sound.

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#4 Bow Tilt

Tilting your bow determines how much hair you use for a certain note. When the stick of your bow is right above the hair, you use all the hair. When you tilt the bow in the direction of the scroll, you’ll use just the side of the hair and sound softer.

#5 Weight

The more weight of your arm you transfer into the bow, the louder you’ll sound. Using pressure can muffle the tone a bit as the bow and violin can’t resonate as well.

#6 Contact Point

The contact point is the place where the bow touches the string between the bridge and the fingerboard. Near the bridge, the violin will sound loud and glassy. Near the fingerboard, the violin will sound softer and mellower. Watch my video all about contact points and how to use them for your musical expression.

#7 Note length

Using bowing techniques like staccato and spiccato the notes are not played in their full length. For example when the bow jumps above the string, there’s no sound. This will automatically be perceived as a softer sound than sustained notes like detaché and tenuto.

Which technique was new for you?

What did you discover trying it out? Leave a comment!

3 Comments

  1. Sandra

    I really appreciate this video Zlata, thank you very much, I need to work on dynamics , so thank you , your so very kind and helpful, kind regards Sandra

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    • Zlata

      Happy it’s helpful, Sandra!

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  2. MARIANO

    Thank you.
    I use weight and bow speed to change dynamics.
    My previous teacher said that tilt the bow is just for an action to give dramatic video/screen effect, but watching your video I know that tilting the bow is to produce different dynamics.
    No I know other ways to do it.
    Thank you.

    Reply

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