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Problems with Double Stops
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EdTheCellist
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I know I don't have small hands, but I also know I can play the violin.  Problem is slurring and double stops, but not all of them.  Sometimes when I finger a double stop, if I have a higher finger on the lower string (C and F, for example), it creates a most unpleasant harmonic on the higher string.  I know I'm touching the higher string just slightly, even though I can't feel it, and this may be a good introductory lesson in harmonics (how lightly to use the left hand).  Any suggestions?

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Fiddlerman
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January 25, 2016 - 1:40 pm
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If you don't want harmonics you need to apply more pressure.
Also check where your bow contact is being made. Hopefully not too close to the string.

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Let me put this another way.  Let's say I'm playing the C on the A string, and the F on the E string.  If I attempt to play both at the same time, the C will sound, but the back of my 2nd finger will be just barely touching the E string, which is where the unwanted harmonic comes from.  I want the F, but I'm getting the harmonic one gets from touching where you would finger a G, along with the C.  What can I do about this?

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Edthecellist,

You may need to come  a bit further around the neck and come down at the strings on the top side of the strings ( a ever so slight angle down) in stead of straight down so the fleshy part of the finger does not touch. 

Happens to me also.

 

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Thank you, @Mark , I'll try that tomorrow.  There's always some slight adjustment to be made here and there, even in the middle of a piece!  I might get this down one of these days.  Picking up the violin is one of the greatest things I've ever done for myself, and even though can be more frustrating than my first marriage, I'm not giving up.

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February 6, 2016 - 10:05 pm
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EdTheCellist said
Let me put this another way.  Let's say I'm playing the C on the A string, and the F on the E string.  If I attempt to play both at the same time, the C will sound, but the back of my 2nd finger will be just barely touching the E string, which is where the unwanted harmonic comes from.  I want the F, but I'm getting the harmonic one gets from touching where you would finger a G, along with the C.  What can I do about this?

Just put the 2nd finger more over the A and D to hit that C. Don't let it come that close to the E.

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