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CVB2 Lesson 15: 14 videos

Lesson 15, the beginning of book 2!!
This lesson is all about double stops, playing 2 notes at the same time!.
The first tab is the hard work, all about how to study this challenging technique.
Practice this first before moving on to the fun part (the other tabs).
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Lesson 15 Double Stops

Double Stops, playing 2 notes together, is quite a challenging technique which requires some serious practice. First we will look at the right hand, the bow. We will see that 4 things are important to master: – Bow placement – Bow pressure related to: – Bowing speed – The angle of the bow Then we will look at the left hand: – 2 open strings – Placing the fingers on the top string together with the open string below – Placing the fingers on the bottom string together with the open string above As usual, master everything explained in this tab first before moving on to the next tabs. First the hard work, then the fun, right?


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We will start with practicing 2 open strings. Check that you are bowing straight and play LONG bows! (Do this visually first, then by ear). Try to get the string changes smooth. This is the best exercise for straight bowing.

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This is the same, only now with half and quarter notes.

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Now we will add the 1st and 2nd finger on the top string. Place it away from the D string so you avoid touching it. The D string should sound open all the time.

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Adding the 3rd finger.

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This is a slow exercise to play on the top string and combine the bottom string. See to it that your fingers don’t touch the bottom string, so move them away from that string when you place your fingers. If this is one step too far, play only the top notes first (without the open string) and feel the melody. After that play both. This is quite challenging, I know, don’t worry, with practice you’ll get there for sure!

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If all went well in the previous tab it is time to step up a bit with this fun tune in Tex-Mex style.

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Same style, bit more country perhaps but on the same BT as in tab 73. Now for the A and E string.

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Now it is time for the most difficult part, playing on the bottom string and combining the (open) string above. In this exercise we play on the D string and add the open A string.

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We’ll do the same but now on the A and E string.

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Finally on the G and D string.

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Let’s put the previous into practice with this nice tune in Russian style!

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Back to America with a Bluegrass traditional: Old Joe Clark. This is A and E string, combined with D and A string. You will find 3 tempo’s in the backing tracks as download, challenge yourself with some more speed.

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Moving on to Schotland (in style)

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