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Ornaments and Modern Techniques

Interpretation of ornaments in string literature require the player to understand what the traditions were at the time and place the music was written. The Grove's Dictionary of Music and Musicians has an excellent article on ornaments. The Harvard Dictionary of Music also has an excellent entry. Trills, Turns, and Mordents are the most commonly found ornaments.

Many modern composers are seeking out new sounds from instruments that require extended techniques from the performer. Bowing on the tailpiece, behind the bridge, knocking on the body of the instrument, stopping the string at the edge of the fingerboard, glissandi, vibrato effects, and a variety of new pizzicato and bowing techniques are called for in 20th and 21st century scores. The advanced string player should be familiar with these techniques. Orchestra directors should pick literature to expose students to contemporary techniques from a young age.

 

POSTURE INSTRUMENT SIZINGINSTRUMENT POSITION

BOW HOLDBOW STROKE INTERMEDIATE RIGHT HAND SKILLSADVANCED RIGHT HAND SKILLS

LEFT HAND POSITIONSHIFTINGVIBRATOADVANCED LEFT HAND SKILLS

 

 
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