How To play Ghost Notes

Ghost Notes, what they are and how we use them (in improvisation) 👻

In short, ghost notes are little notes "in between" which we hardly play, they are quiet and discrete.
Hence the name Ghost Notes.
In jazz we can fill up the space between 2 notes with "ghost notes" and give them some sort of rhythmic filling.
We will deal with that in the improvisation course.
The first and last note (the 2 notes) are heard clearly, the little notes squeezed in between are very quite, almost not there.
I'll show you some examples in the video below.

Does this only go for improvisation?
Definitely not...

Ghost Notes in Classical Music 👻

If we talk about position changes, I would say there are basically 3 types. (This is for the more advanced players).
1- The technical position change: You need to reach that higher note outside the reach of the first position, you don't really want to hear the position shift.
2- The musical position shift, the classical way: shift on the finger that stands, end with the finger of the next note. 1--->1  2
3- The musical position shift, the "gypsy" way (as I like to call it): shift on the of the next note. 1  2--->2

To perform accurate position changes we need to keep contact with the shifting finger to the string.
Also we play the shift very softly, so we can hear ourselves where to stop shifting, when we arrive at the next note.

In fact these are ghost notes too!

Check it all in the video:

The Video


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My name is Xander Nichting, violinist (Classical / Modern), composer, arranger and teacher. I am author of the new violin method Creative Violin, from which I am teaching for about 4 years at this time.I am absolutely thrilled to see teachers all over the world starting to teach from this method because of its versatility. With this method and my online community I inspire students of all ages, 6-80+, to follow their dream and getting much joy from playing violin.Get creative, change your life is my motto. Playing violin does just that!
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