How to play fake slides on the violin (for a jazzy or gypsy sound) | Violin Lounge TV #428

by | Jun 30, 2021 | Start to Play | 6 comments

Get a jazzy or gypsy sound by making fake slides without position shifts

This is easy to do also for beginner violinists:

Play slides on the violin without position shifts

As a beginner violinist you might want to spice up your performance with slides. You can do this even when just playing in the first position.

A slide is made when you leave your finger on the string like you’re playing a note, but you slide your finger up or down the fingerboard.

Make sure to be bowing otherwise your slide can’t be heard. Sliding and bowing at the same time might be a little confusing in the beginning.

Try it out and let me know in the comments how it went:


  1. Robert Reynolds

    I tried slides this morning as I practiced and surprised myself that I could do it and I sounded good. Thanks so much. Today’s practice included DannyBoy, Red River Valley and Wildwood Flower. Far from good but with your encouragement I’m not going to give up.
    You have a beautiful family, I really enjoy your pictures

    • Zlata

      That’s great, Robert, also glad the read you enjoy my pics. Have a wonderful weekend 🙂

      • Robert Reynolds

        Thanks so very much for your lessons. My list of practice music now includes Wabash Cannonball. It challenges me play the way you instructed me. Still have a long way to go but with your direction I am confident I will reach my goal.

      • Zlata

        Awesome, Robert, enjoy!

  2. John Norton

    Zlata that may be the easiest video you’ve given us yet. I found a way to make it even easier. You say to make sure to use the bow while sliding. I find if I don’t use the bow at all, then no one hears all those mistakes I’m making with my left hand… Ha ha. But really, I loved this video and it’s a lot of fun to play with these slides.

    • Zlata

      Hahaha, great to read that, John!


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