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Zlata Brouwer

How to Cross Strings without Noise

August 2, 2013 at 4:56 PM

Dear violin teacher,

I would like to learn how to switch violin bow from string E to string D, and vice versa without generating any noise. Does the bow actually touch the string A during the transition? The skill is needed in playing Suzuki Violin Book 1 No.14 Bach Minuet 2.

Thanks you so much for your help!


How to cross strings without hearing them?

Also watch my previous video about crossing strings in general:

Here's how to cross from the Ding to the Eing without the Aing making noise...

Tip 1: Make bowing and string crossing a separate movement.

Tip 2: If you use a bow stroke that leaves the string, your bow will be in the air when you cross the A string. You won't touch the A string. If you use a bow stroke that doesn't leave the string, than don't leave the string when crossing strings.

In this video I explain this exactly and will also advice you on practicing.


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