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Hey everyone... I have been learning a fiddle tune. Snow Deer. Its fun and not to hard.
The song starts with double stops... and when I was practicing with my friend. Her double stops did the "ringy-stereo" thing.. ya know.. what a double stop is supposed to do.
After trying it a few times and it not working. She said to just play the top note. So I have been doing that.
In this case it is the F# on the e-string in first pos. So I have been playing with just that.
Last night in practicing along.. I gave the double stop another shot. It is D on the A string / F# on Estring. Is there a name for that double stop?
Anyway.. RING>>>> RING... I found I had to be really clean on the D note with my fingertip.. and pull down on my bow getting enough of the estring.
YEP.. it sounded so good I almost peed my pants. (sorry.. just an expression)
#1 issue... tension in fingers and bow hand.... death grip returned for this little interaction..
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Woo hoo! Cool. That's actually one of the harder commonly used double stops, so if you can do that one the rest are easier. Yes there is a name for it, it's a partial D Major chord for one. If you played a D Major (D F# A) on the piano or guitar, for example, that double stop would fit right in.
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Very nice. Good to see that you appreciate the unique sound of fiddle chords. That's what gives so many genres of fiddle music their unique sound characteristics. Since you're already playing the open G-D chord (that's the 1st and 5th of a G Major), try next playing the A D (A on the G string open D) which is the 5th and 1st of a D Major chord -- inverted) then play the B-D (B on the G string, open D) which is the 3rd and 5th of a G Major chord followed by maybe the G-E (open G, E on the D string) which is the 1st and 3rd of an Em chord. Play them up and down and all around and I think you'll like the effect.
Also, you can play the first and fifth of any major chord by playing the note with the chord name and then playing the same position on the next higher string -- since all violin strings are a fifth higher than the one below it. So to play a G chord you're playing the open G and D. To play an A chord play the A on the G string and the same position on the D string, which is an E and you playing an A chord and so on. This means that you can easily provide rhythm accompaniment to any songs for which you know the chords.
Yay. Good job.
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Good one, Toni!
One little tip I have for this (and almost every double-stop) ...
Just play the notes separately, making sure they are in tune, and keeping the fingers down on the notes.
Now, imagine you have another string, right in the middle between the A string and the E string.
Bow that string!
All being well, you should now be playing your perfect double stop
When I first started practising double-stops, I kinda knew a couple songs that used them in a couple places. To be able to practice it better, I wrote a little melody for the D and A strings so that I could play it as a piece that was all double-stops to be able to practice them better and work on getting a bit of "fiddley" sound.
I could have just used Bile Them Cabbages or Old Joe Clark or quite a few others, where there were tutorials, but I was kinda burned out on those and in the tutorials, they never did them quite like I would want to do them. Also, stumbling through respected old traditional pieces, I sometimes think that whoever wrote them is probably rolling over in their grave somewhere when I'm learning them, so messing around with changing things on my own stuff doesn't bother me as much. LOL
Besides, on pieces you write yourself, nobody can say you are ****ing it up. You are just "developing" or "exploring" the piece as part of your "composing strategy". That's one of the least mentioned and best things about writing music. Gotta love that. LOL
In case you'd like to try the little piece I worked up, I'll share it here.
Now before some observant soul mentions that there are no doublestops shown in that score, I will say that it was quite intentional. It looks much more confusing to show the doublestops when it's written out and this is a very easy melody. You just play it in first position (not using your pinky for the A on the D string in this case) and after you're comfortable with the basic melody, you play both the A and D string, letting whichever string you aren't fingering ring open so it is always 2 notes at once.
It's an easy "kid" sort of melody, and nothing tricky like having to finger 2 notes at once on different strings to play it and do a quick impersonation of a fiddler. LOL
There is a story that goes with the title, but I have saved it for last, so folks with no interest in such things can just skip it.
I often play while I'm cooking. Cooking always involves some waiting time, and often it isn't really enough to do much with, but plenty to run a scale or two or an exercise of a quick verse and chorus of a song. When I worked this up to practice the technique, I happened to be cooking blueberry pancakes. I made up something where I could play it through a few times before it was time to turn the pancakes, and that way I can get in some extra practice time and also use the music as a sort of cooking timer.
When I ran through it again a couple days later, some members of my household asked if we were having blueberry pancakes again, since I was playing "the blueberry pancake song". They ended up going out and getting blueberries.
So this little ditty (which probably wouldn't have actually gotten a title, since it was originally just an exercise I made up for myself) ended up known as "Blueberry Pancakes" to family and friends.
When I was first playing it, my tempo allowed for a couple times through before turning the pancakes, if the batter and skillet temp were just as I like them. But with practice, tempo went up and I usually run it through twice in D, modulate down to G and play it once, and then back up to D these days. If the batter is a little thick, I may need to run through a single note version of the melody at the beginning or end, or "milk" the ending a little to give just a little extra cooking time.
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Thank you Uzi.
Makes sense that it is a partial D major chord. Thank you so much.
It was really fun to hear it work out. I play this silly one at the end of Ashokan.. open G & D.. (not sure if it is legit... but I like to do it.)
I have a transcript of Ashokan Farewell that has a set of doublestops as part of the 2nd repeat, which is testing but acheivebale if you want a copy of it.
if you play over the melody with them its great help for double stop intonation
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@Worldfiddler - thank you for that tip... "invisible string" makes sense.
@Georganne, @Schaick, @Just4Fun thanks!
@cdennyb thanks !!!! Vibrato is coming.... Vibrato is coming.... Shifting... and doublestops.. oh my...
@Uzi " try next playing the A D (A on the G string open D) which is the 5th and 1st of a D Major chord -- inverted) then play the B-D (B on the G string, open D) which is the 3rd and 5th of a G Major chord followed by maybe the G-E (open G, E on the D string) which is the 1st and 3rd of an Em chord. Play them up and down and all around and I think you'll like the effect."
Thank you Uzi. I needed somewhere to go with double stop practice so this will be handy.
@Fiddlerman thank you. I hope to show you all it soon. I have made it happen.. that doesn't mean I can do it every time.. yet.. LOL
@TerryT thanks, I do play Ashokan. I haven't got to the point where I can incorporate double stops comfortably, but I will soon. I believe I have the sheet for the double stops of Ashokan.
@DanielB - Thank you. I am printing off the Blueberry Pancakes lesson. I thank you for that. I will keep you posted on how it turns out. Thanks for the detailed information. You Rock.
Thanks for all the positive feedback friend.
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