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Artificial Harmonics

Artificial Harmonics are played on the violin and viola by pressing down (stopping) the string with first finger, and lightly touching the string a P4 higher with the fourth finger. The pitch produced is two octaves higher than the stopped pitch. Cello and Bass can play artificial harmonics by using the thumb on the stopped pitch, although on the bass this is only possible in high positions.

Artificial harmonics require a consistent finger shape and hand frame. The span between the stopped finger and the harmonic finger is different for every position, so playing with accuracy requires a lot of practice. Obtaining a clear tone from the harmonic requires playing lightly with the bow, close to the bridge.

 

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