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MadBadTrad
Greetings, great to be here!  Joined in August and I've learned a great deal poking around in this forum :)    

Re:  string skipping:  it seems to me that there must be quite a number of ways of executing this, depending on the context? 

I'm wondering if anyone knows whether Beth has produced a video that addresses various methods of skipping strings?  

Thanks!  
MadBadTrad
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Posted: February 13, 2018
Last Comment: February 14, 2018
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MadBadTrad
Posted: February 14, 2018
Many thanks Beth!  That was an immensely helpful description.  :)   

Beth Blackerby
Posted: February 14, 2018
Good question. You're right about context. I do talk about hopping over a finger in reference to the hop in Song of the Wind. Start @1:20. In this context, you have separate bows, so you can disguise a tiny little hop with the bow change. If the notes are fast, you can cover two strings with the finger because there's not enough time to hop. This is both for slurred notes as well as separate. The only time I don't think hopping or covering two strings works well is with slower notes on a slur. I a case like this I either roll the finger tip using the elbow to pivot the hand from one string to the other, or I avoid it altogether and shift to the adjacent 5th if it sounds good. Does this help?

MadBadTrad
Posted: February 14, 2018

@Dianne & @Elke, thank you :)  

What I meant was skipping a string in general, whether during a slur or otherwise.  I'll check out both those videos.  

 Many thanks!  


Elke Meier
Posted: February 14, 2018
Check out Beth's little answer video in my last post. You need to scroll way down. In it she talks about how to avoid skipping strings in a slur because it won't work... 

Dianne
Posted: February 13, 2018
Hello and welcome. Is there a particular passage in a piece or exercise that you are working on? Not sure exactly what you mean by string skipping. If it is playing on one string, say, D and then playing on E, skipping over the A string, then is the question how to do this smoothly in a slur? Thanks for clarifying.

If not a slurred passage, one place that skipping a string is discussed is in the Bow Hold in Motion video, starting at around 12:26. When skipping a string while bowing (not a slur here) the fingers deliver the bow from one string to the other. Hope that helps.