String Crossings in Preludio from Partita in E major by JS Bach BWV 1006 | Violin Lounge TV #402

by | Dec 30, 2020 | Bowing Technique, Practice Tips, Repertoire | 12 comments

Tricky string crossings in close up, from all sides, in slow motion and effective practice strategies to get them up to speed:

The key to playing the fast string crossings over three strings in Bach’s E major partita is this practice strategy:

First it’s important that you can do string crossings with your wrist, hand and fingers. I explain the basics of this technique in this video.

After that practice the tricky string crossings in the Preludio with one of each four notes longer than the others. If your hand feels insecure, keep on going until it feels natural and fluent.

Do this with each first note of four, second note, third note and fourth note.

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Hi! I'm Zlata

Classical violinist helping you overcome technical struggles and play with feeling by improving your bow technique.

‘Geen dag zonder Bach’ we say in Dutch, which means ‘no day without Bach’ and I almost live that way.

I know that I will study Bach’s sonatas and partitas for solo violin for the rest of my life and that’s something I look forward to.

Let me know in the comments about which partita or sonata movement I should make a next video:


  1. Mathilde

    Very good, thanks a lot. These measures from 19 onward are so difficult.

    • Violinist Zlata Brouwer

      They sure are, but I initially made this video for Vivien and she was struggling with it (see the videos in which Vivien and I give each other feedback)… which might be a relief and say it’s very difficult.

  2. Ann Marie

    Hi Zlata, thank you very much for this. With COVID I don’t have my orchestra part to work on so this video came at exactly the right time. Loved the masterclass feel! I got my Bach out after its long rest in the cabinet and will start working on it today with your suggestions.

    • Violinist Zlata Brouwer

      Wow, glad it’s such a good timing for you! I might make more videos like this :).

      • Ann Marie

        Yes. More videos like this would be awesome!

      • Violinist Zlata Brouwer

        Great to read that! I’ve got at least three more coming up on Bach’s partitas.

  3. Elizabeth Shepic

    Thank you for the helpful video. I am learning fourth pos. and struggling with fast playing. I have the Bach book since a teacher made me try parts of it slowly just for fun. The video really shows the bow technique that I have yet to ‘get’. Planning to try your practice ideas. Thanks for the Tomplay app suggestion, just got a large iPad and looking forward to some play along since it helps keep my rhythm on trac. I am an older player, before COVID I was in a community string orchestra, recently in the first violin group which required a lot of position work. It is a very tolerant group thankfully.

    • Violinist Zlata Brouwer

      This sure is great to practice both of those things even if you don’t do it up to tempo.

  4. Maika

    thank you,

    this was really interesting, a bit above my level but still with some good take-aways. I would love more of these type of video’s!

  5. Nicole

    Thank you Zlata for this wonderful video! Very informative and inspiring. I would love more videos on Bach’s sonatas and partitas!



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