Technique: Smooth string-crossings

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David Gillham, associate professor of violin at the University of British Colombia and string tutor at Domaine Forget, Quebec, Canada, on how to anticipate and execute string-crossings with maximum fluidity and control

When playing string-crossings, last-minute, jerky movements of the right arm can disrupt legato and détaché passages, and a left-hand finger placed too late can lead to poor coordination with the bow. To overcome these issues, I recommend practising in double-stops to prepare the left hand, and using exercises at the frog, middle of the bow and forearm to activate the right fingers, wrist and arm. String-crossings should be beautiful, smooth and artistic, but many players neglect them in their practice and so produce unnecessary bumps in their sound…

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