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Friday, June 14, 2024

Tips for Double Stop Fifths for Cellists from Cellists Themselves

Here are some streamlined tips for cellists practicing double stops in fifths:

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  1. Tune by Ear: Regularly tune your strings by ear, playing two at a time. This hones your ability to hit two strings simultaneously and is crucial for accurate double-stops.

  2. Visualization: Imagine the strings and bow interaction visually. This method can be particularly effective for many students.

  3. Daily Practice: Begin sessions with open string double stops and slow bows. Use a metronome set to 8th note = 140-150, playing 8 beats per bow in each direction. Progress from G+C, to D+G, then A+D strings.

  4. Bow Plane Mastery: Ensure you have control over the bow’s plane; any wandering is more noticeable when playing two strings.

  5. Play Softly: Aim for piano rather than mezzoforte or forte to avoid pressing too hard and creating a harsh sound.

  6. Account for String Height: Each double stop will have different string heights due to finger placement. Adjust accordingly, especially when using the fourth finger.

  7. Bow Technique: Rest the bow on the strings, pull from underneath, and allow your wrist to sink on the pull for a smoother sound.

Remember, consistency and mindful practice are key to mastering double stops.

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