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#1 dorfmouse

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Posted 02 August 2020 - 16:23

I haven't practised these much as previous attempts were so frustrating. But I really want to learn a particular piece,(Betty Paret's "Deep in the Forest" from her Book 2) which has a whole line of them so I started having a determined attempt this week. And, yoohoo! I've suddenly got the feel and they're beginning to come out with some consistency.

Hopefully a temporary measure - I marked strategic black and red strings at the sweet point with a dot of Tippex - probably sacrilege! ????

Also, I found out accidentally that plucking the string with the top outside corner of my thumbnail gives a lovely clear ring - do others do that?
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Posted 02 August 2020 - 16:31

The end of my post had a question that disappeared.
I find that if I pluck the harmonic with the top corner of my thumbnail, I get a much nicer ringing sound than using the finger pad. Is this usually done?
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Posted 05 August 2020 - 09:17

Congratulations on your harmonics!

I was taught to use the finger pad.

Regarding string markings, my teacher says there's no shame in marking strings. :)
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Posted 05 August 2020 - 13:29

Thanks AdLib tho' I think congratulations may be a bit premature! But it does sound lovely when it happens. Yes, I've only seen harmonics done with the finger pad, which was also how my teacher showed me a while ago. Will see what she thinks of my strategies on Friday!
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Posted 09 August 2020 - 15:35

My Tippex marks were not greeted with howls of anguish! Rather, she suggested putting them where the fingerpad pulls, rather than the mid- point where the heel of the hand goes. Hand shape as if lightly holding a tennis ball. Make sure to relax hand in between each stroke. Was told have patience - nothing new there!
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Posted 14 August 2020 - 16:14

Good! :D
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Posted 12 September 2020 - 08:38

"Here today and gone tomorrow" as my mum used to say. Sums up my harmonics!
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Posted 13 September 2020 - 07:56

Now you hear them, now you don't sums up mine!
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