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How to play a chord with 3 strings?
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audreyvdm
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Dear all,

I am currently studying a bourree from J.S. Bach and there are 2 chords that I do not know how to play properly. I attach the music sheet so that you know what I am talking about. I will take the first chord as an example: you should bow the D, A, and E strings.

Should I play first the D and A strings then play the E, or play the D and A then A and E together, or play the D alone then A and E together, or D and A together then E alone?

Thanks!

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Both cords are written as down bows play the open D first for about an inch of bow then tilt and continue to play the A and F together as a double stop letting the D ring as you play the A and F the same process for the other cord open G then D and C together as a double stop is how I was taught.  

Have fun with broken cords

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Yup, that's my understanding as well - where possible, leave an open string to ring whilst playing the other two notes.  Where it's not possible and all 3 notes require to be stopped, I try to get the lowest two notes double-stopped, sounding first, then roll over onto the middle and top note also as a DS, keeping the now sounding lowest note stopped, but un-bowed.  I don't know if that's the right approach or not, obviously it keeps the middle note being played all the time - but it sort of works for me (on the odd occasion when I actually succeed in doing it! facepalm)

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April 11, 2017 - 11:54 am
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There are believe it or not, different ways of doing this. Most commonly, yes. Play the bottom two notes followed by the top two. In other words, just one angle change and the middle note is always sounding.

However, some professionals actually round the bow trying to play all three notes simultaneously. On rare occasions you'll hear a violinist play an arpeggio type chord. One note after the other played quickly and ending on the top note for a bit longer.

In every case, focus on the top note. IMO

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Thanks for your replies! Let´s go practice now!

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Yes, let's go practice now. 🙂

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