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Trills On The Violin
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August 24, 2011 - 11:04 pm
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Trills are embellishments using two adjacent notes alternating quickly.
Practice trills keeping your fingers as close to the strings as possible. A good way to practice trills is with scales playing a trill on each note. Begin slowly and work up the speed with time. Playing trills will help increase finger dexterity and speed. Most trills are marked above a note in music and played one half or hole step above the note. In baroque style the trill usually begins on the upper note unless the previous note is the auxiliary note.

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July 16, 2016 - 7:20 am
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During the first weeks sounding like a drunk beer fiddler I strongly felt like adding trills to sound more baroque. And it helped me a lot to feel more baroque during my simplistic improvisations, which inspired me a lot. But I trilled with middle and index finger only, my ring finger couldn't do it.

Now, a year later I have started to train my ring finger on trills and it is now able to bravely keep up with my middle finger. And I already realize, this makes my ring finger generally stronger and faster. So this technically helps me a lot. I've already started to trill with the pinkie too, although it's really tough on the little man and he's soon exhausted. But I need a stronger pinkie, so the little man has to bear with it.

Everybody wants to vibrate—to me trilling really seems to be the true gold standard.

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