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Three-note chords on violin?
bowing three strings at once?
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September 24, 2013 - 9:36 am
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I happened to see this "Violon" sheet music:

I guess a "violon" is a violin.  I'm in some doubt only because this music calls for a three-note chord, the notes being half notes: G3, D4, and D5.

I have heard of running the bow quickly over more than two strings and calling it a chord of more than two notes.  But these are half notes.

How is this supposed to be played?

Fort Lauderdale
September 24, 2013 - 9:49 am
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Usually 2 and 2. Use your own musical judgment as to how long each double stop is played but first the bottom two notes and cross over with only a slight change in your bowing angle to hit the upper two. The open G will continue to resonate as well giving you all three notes for a while.
It is possible to play all three notes at once but hard to maintain it for a full two beats. Depends on the tempo as well.

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