Chords and Melodic Lines in Bach’s Chaconne (opening) | Violin Lounge TV #407
Tips on the chords and melodic lines in the opening of the Chaconne from partita no 2 for solo violin BWV 1004 by JS Bach:
In performing Bach’s chaconne there are roughly three styles:
(and in reality of course endless possibilities)
#1 Play every chord in full
A bit old fashioned and romantic way in which you play very thick chords.
#2 Let mainly the upper two notes ring
Play the chord and maintain the double stop of the two upper notes after that.
#3 Break the chord quickly and maintain the top note
This is great for letting the melody stand out, but it also has it’s disadvantages.
In the video above I demonstrate all three ways and explain their pros and cons.
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