Posted 02 August 2020 - 16:23
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?
Posted 02 August 2020 - 16:31
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?
Posted 05 August 2020 - 09:17
I was taught to use the finger pad.
Regarding string markings, my teacher says there's no shame in marking strings.
Posted 05 August 2020 - 13:29
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Posted 25 September 2020 - 19:12
I was at a workshop with the wonderful Anne MacDearmid where we were working on a piece with L.H. harmonics, which were flummoxing some folks. She came out with the brilliant comment "A harmonic should sound like a thing of beauty - not spent knicker elastic". It was about 10 mins before we could all stop laughing and get on with the piece.
Changing the height of the seat you are on can alter your perception of where the harmonic spot is (unless you have marked it - which works fine until you change key ). And until you are confident with them, play them fortissimo, no matter what the music says! A tentatively sounded harmonic stands a good chance of creating the aforementioned lingerie problem type sound, rather than the sweet ringing and celestial tone the composer was probably thinking of.
Posted 26 April 2021 - 22:02
By accident I found that if I played the string first normally with a good robust pull and then the harmonic on it before it stops vibrating, I can "catch" the harmonic. It's helped to get the feeling of that very quick feathery touch with the knuckle and as an exercise I've been going up and down the scales playing each note normally and then catching the harmonic quite reliably. Works with the left hand too although the LH technique still feels a bit more awkward to me.
My teacher also told me to play them with a good forte, as Pickle mentioned,it really helps.
Posted 27 April 2021 - 16:21
I first came across Josh Layne playing it, and he has a tutorial on it and also a slow motion video of the LH arpeggio pattern Bless him!
Posted 27 April 2021 - 16:33
I agree about the mysteriousness of the piece, too.