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elly jocham
hi, I just recently joined your "lab". Wow!! I love it! I was referred by my teacher Diane Allen, now I have two great sites to cruse. anyway...I'm wondering if you have any special practice tips for getting better with double and triple stops. even when I know they are coming I just can't get set up for them, especially when there are multiple ones. They stop me in my tracks. Any words of advice, besides practice, practice, practice? Thanks, elly
elly jocham
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Posted: August 22, 2010
Last Comment: August 23, 2010

Posted: August 23, 2010
Hi Elly (and Alex)! Josephine Trott's Melodious Double Stops is my favorite book for working on double stops. The songs are short and begin with one finger with an open string and progressively gets more difficult from there. Remember - just because you're playing 2 strings doesn't mean you press twice as hard! Smiles1

Posted: August 23, 2010
Welcome Elly ! Welcome from me as well ! I never touched a violin until I was 39....almost 8 years ago. There's no putting it down now. I've found a wealth of info here and Beth, I so look forward to some lessons on double stops ! I too find that when I come across one it stops me in my tracks while I take a moment to figure out which fingers are supposed to go where. I recently went through Seitz's Fifth Pupil's Concerto and whoa ! That last page/movement (whatever it's called)... is a groaner ! I never have yet gotten anywhere near good on that, but I did end up doing much better than I ever expected to when I first gave it a try. I'd love to go back over that again and do a much better job !

Posted: August 22, 2010

Hi Elly, welcome also from me.

Like Jo, I found something in your profile to relate to. Like you, I learned violin as a child, for six or seven years in my case, and re-started lessons as an adult, with a hiatus of exactly thirty years. This was nearly six years ago. I am so excited to study this language of emotion. And I have great respect for the many members in this forum who commenced to learn violin as adults.

When graduating from University I completely gave up on playing. Many years later, my daughter started violin lessons (she has switched by now to cello), and I became hooked once more.

As to double stops, in my experience, like vibrato they take patience. I am doing double-stop scales, two notes (that is, double stops) per bow, with slow and even bow speed, initially without and now with vibrato. It is paramount that you do them with the best sound you can. Rather disregard intonation, but never sound. My teacher used to demonstrate this for me many times, because it is so hard to trust in this advise. He played a double stop in tune with timid bowing, and it only sounded awful; then he played the same pair of notes with dubious intonation but full conviction in the bow and it sounded gorgeous.

Anyway, welcome once more. This is a great site indeed.

Posted: August 22, 2010
Hi Elly, just wanted to say welcome to you and 'baby in the picture' :) I found it rather funny that at the end of your profile you would like to learn to 'move with the music' and stop being so 'static', I am trying to do the opposite!!! I always move with the music (see my videos on here) and do NOT realise I do, sometimes I even start saying to myself: I WILL NOT move this time, then I watch the video and I still moved LOADS LOL LOL LOL