Community
You must be a member to respond to discussions.
Discussion

John Fischer
I wonder if you have any technique tips for stopping two strings with a single finger (double stop fifths).  I have more trouble with this in higher positions (where the distance between the strings increases) and with some challenging arpeggio hand positions (e.g. Mazas 37).   Thanks so much.
John Fischer
7 Responses
Posted: March 12, 2019
Last Comment: March 13, 2019
Replies

Fabiano Formiga de Carvalho
Posted: March 13, 2019
Thank you, Beth,

The problem with your English is completely mine, since my experience with oral English is scarce.

John Fischer
Posted: March 13, 2019
Thanks, Beth for taking the time to consider and respond to my question.  Your suggestions, especially with regard to arm angle, are very helpful and I have tried them with noticeable improvement and relief.   I can suffer from tunnel vision and narrowly focus on "right hand issues" instead of  "right upper extremity issues"  (which may also be too limiting an idea, perhaps).  Much appreciated!

Beth Blackerby
Posted: March 13, 2019
Fabiano, my apologies. I will try and speak more slowly next time. In the video I made for John, I basically said that when having to play a double stop fifth (not a melodic fifth) to think about  and experiment more with the balance of the arm as it applies weight to the strings. 

There have been many times where I thought my fifth was out of tune because my diners weren't placed correctly, when in fact the balance of weight wasn't correct. You can hear how much variation in the pitch there is just by rocking the elbow. 

In the case of a melodic shift, yes, you're right, a shift is often the best solution.

Fabiano Formiga de Carvalho
Posted: March 12, 2019
As a matter of fact, violin is not at all a harmonic instrument. On a guitar, for instance, there isn't any problem with intervals of 5ths.

One must choose what road to follow, that one of Harmony or that one of Melody. Of course, the virtuosi have their own road.

What I don't understand is the teaching of Schradieck, at his section IV, '...with wrist movement only....", where the interval G/D, although very difficult, didn't deserve any attention.

When playing pieces, I circumvent the problem, shifting.

Finally, I couldn't understand more than 10% of this Beth's video. I'll try again and again.

Beth Blackerby
Posted: March 12, 2019
This discussion includes members-only video content

John, let me know if these ideas help.

Sonia Lancaster
Posted: March 12, 2019
Hi John,
Glad you asked about this. I have trouble with these as well.

Sonia

Michael Baumgardner
Posted: March 12, 2019
My fingers are somewhat narrow so this is a challenge for me...  I've tried to learn to slightly pull the lower string over towards the upper with the finger tip to make it a little easier to stop both strings...  Takes practice to execute but seems to help.