I’m playing double stops when I don’t want to. What is the solution?
At a recent office hours session, FiddleHed Mary asked, “I’m playing double stops when I don’t want to. That is, I’m bleeding over onto the other strings without intending it. What is the solution?”
Take-home message: The bow angle will determine which string is played.
In case you don’t know, when you play two strings at once, it’s called a double stop.
To answer the question, let’s first approach it from the point of view of what we want to do.
Here’s a helpful exercise:
Single Stop / Double Stop Alternation
Notice how there are three distinct bow angles for the D string, A string and the double stop. Try to minimize the movement of the bow.