Pizzicato World violin and viola

Left-hand pizzicato as a practicing technique for coordination and rhythm

Publication

Erdmute Maria Hohage, Pizzicato World violin and viola. Left-hand pizzicato as a practicing technique for coordination and rhythm | ISBN 978-3-9824267-0-9 | 96 pages | 29,90€ [D] 30,80€ [AT]

At a glance

The book consists of:

  • 40 exercises for all levels of proficiency
  • Introduction to the approach and detailed description of each exercise 
  • more than 360 graphics and rhythms
  • around 230 QR codes link to videos of demonstration and further options for practicing (optional)
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About the book

In this book, the left-hand pizzicato is introduced as a practicing technique for violin and viola players for all levels of proficiency. Step by step the basic coordination can be developed on the basis of different rhythms. The most important horizontal, vertical and diagonal planes are observed here. By adding the bow an the feet, the whole body is included and coordination between right and left in the sense of an independence to be striven for is systematically built up between the both sides. The book is for both players and teachers. The exercises can be applied to all methods of learning and teaching.

Left-hand pizzicato as a practicing technique
The four sections of the fingerboard

The 40 exercises each relate to four sections of the fingerboard. They are intended to be practiced both separately on each section, and with each section relating to one another. Practicing the sections separately means that no shifting of position in a specific metre is involved. The "connected" ones are different: Here, the next section in the metre of the given rhythm is reached by shifting position.

 

Focus of the exercises

Fingers of the left hand in 1 position

  • pluck one string
  • pluck several strings simultaneously/one after the other
  • as double steps
  • as chords
  • without anchor finger
  • with anchor finger
  • in combination with the bow
  • in combination with the feet
  • on the basis of 1, 2, 3 and/or 4 rhythm lines
  • with options and alternatives (e.g.with the fingerboard attachment ResoundingFingerboard)

Fingers of the left hand over the whole fingerboard:

  • pluck one string
  • pluck several strings simultaneously/ one after the other
  • with shifting position
  • as double steps
  • as chords
  • without anchor finger
  • with anchor finger
  • in combination with the bow
  • in combination with the feet
  • in combination of both feet and bow
  • on the basis of 1, 2, 3 and/or 4 rhythm lines

Layout and graphic

Examples

The graphic representation of the individual exercises enables an easy approach. The main symbol is the Red Cross which generally indicates which string should be plucked. It can be combined with grey crosses which indicates how many fingers are used to pluck the string/the strings. It can also be combined with numbers that indicate the definite finger that should be used. The blue icon indicates that the bow can be incorporated and the feet symbol, that the exercises include footwork.

QR codes link to further things

More than 200 QR codes link to 75 videos of demonstration, to information on how to implement optional ways of practicing, extension and finally to a pool of different rhythms. The use of QR codes is optional. The exercises can be performed without them. There is no legal claim with regard to the QR codes.