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How much pressure does it take to push the string down to make a sound?

A simple approach to an often overlooked question

Released on November 4, 2013

  
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Victor on December 3, 2015 @4:30 am PST
Hello Prof. Fitzpatrick!
I watched this video of yours for "How much pressure from the left hand fingers?" several times on YT and later I had a little argument speculating on your approach with another YT instructor, Eddy Chen. I made a reference for him to your video so I'm in an honest position.
He is a very capable violin player and he insisits that it's better especially for beginners to have the string fully pressed down as a starting point. Only when doing fast passages he agrees that he uses less pressure.
He demonstrates in his video that if the string is not fully pressed down, the sound is weak and whining.
Here he proves his point: https://youtu.be/Jbge9yDTc9Y?t=621
I provided the timed reference so you don't have to wait.

Thank you,
Victor
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William - host, on December 10, 2015 @10:08 am PST
Sorry that you had an argument! In France people share their beliefs and opinions constantly and then continue to be friends so I hope yours was from this point of view! As for who is right I think one should experiment with many ways and ultimately do the one that you believe works for you! Thanks for the comment!
Eileen Sephton * VSM MEMBER * on September 16, 2014 @3:33 am PST
Interesting - I'll go and try it!
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William - host, on September 16, 2014 @8:19 am PST
Let me know what your results are! Take care!
Fred Schlereth * VSM MEMBER * on July 3, 2014 @7:22 pm PST
very interesting. I'm shocked that it is true. However it takes a bit of practice to get used to it. Question! How is that related to pressure, which is force per unit area. So, for the same force, the pressure is higher if the area of contact is smaller. My question is, how do you define the area of contact. String alone, string and fingerboard? It takes less force if the string is not pressed onto the fingerboard, but since the string area is smaller the pressure might be the same.
Clearly I'm confused about your use of the terms pressure and force.
Also how can you produce a vibrato if there is no contact with the fingerboard?
Thanks,
David De Lisle * VSM MEMBER * on May 8, 2014 @5:11 pm PST
Kato Havas
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William - host, on May 9, 2014 @9:34 am PST
Thank you for the name as I did not know about her!
Fabrizio Ferrari - moderator and CEO, on May 9, 2014 @11:18 am PST
Yes, Kato Havas is well know for her book "Stage Fright" that I have read several times in the past! That's a very good topic we could approach in some of the next videos.
Jim mcavoy * VSM MEMBER * on December 29, 2013 @5:56 am PST
I have reset both the nut and bridge higher on my fiddle to see how your technique works ...old habits die hard .. but I do like the results .. less tension in the left hand
Locally some of the fiddle makers are making instruments with a very low action and that is how I made mine (new England style) Time to change!
The ping is what is needed when attempting an O'Carolan harp tune for instance
thanks
Jim [delete]
james a mcavoy * VSM MEMBER * on December 18, 2013 @5:42 am PST
vibrato; do you plan to address proper a natural sound as opposed to a forced or constrained ringing
thx
jim
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William - host, on December 18, 2013 @9:29 am PST
Hi! I am planning a discussion on sound production! I assume you mean not squeezing or squeezing... well I am a proponent of "never squeeze"! The resultant sound is pinched and does not ring well.
H Bergman on November 27, 2013 @7:17 am PST
Thanks for that wonderful demonstration!
Annette on November 15, 2013 @11:13 am PST
How do you make a smooth bow change at the frog?
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William - host, on November 18, 2013 @10:40 am PST
Hi! This will make a wonderful discussion and I will do this in the very near future!!!
Prakash Mangalat on November 12, 2013 @8:31 am PST
I am an
adult learner and get much tips like this through this forum...thank you Prof
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William - host, on November 18, 2013 @10:41 am PST
You're welcome!
JUAN MANUEL GONZALEZ DE COSIO * VSM MEMBER * on November 7, 2013 @10:32 pm PST
Really appreciate the lesson. I am an older adult learning on my own.
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William - host, on November 18, 2013 @10:42 am PST
Enjoy the journey!
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