# How do I play the last chord of Scherzo, Tarantelle?

At the end of Tarantelle (and also at the end of the first presto), there is a chord with three normal notes and the fourth is an artificial harmonic. I know the harmonic works, because I tried it separately. Each time I play the chord, the fourth note, the harmonic, just won't work. It produces strange sounds (Edit : I checked the note, it is one octave lower than the desired sound), as if the chord's other notes' resonance disturbed the harmonic. And each time, I keep my hands still, and try the harmonic separately, it works. So is there a way to be able to play it with the chord or am I doing something wrong?

• For those who haven't played it, please be more specific about what piece your asking about (e.g., composer?) and post an image of the chord in question. – Aaron Nov 19 '20 at 22:56
• I make that 4 normal notes and a C harmonic. On 4 violin strings? What am I not getting? – Tim Nov 20 '20 at 12:18
• Actually, I don't recall hearing that harmonic in any of the recordings I've heard of this piece (assuming you mean the Wieniawski one). – Dekkadeci Nov 20 '20 at 12:54
• @Tim The notation means to hold down the solid note (the G) and lightly touch at the place where one would play the hollow note (i.e. at a fourth above where one is holding down). This produces a harmonic two octaves above the held note, since the division of a string corresponding to playing the higher note is to reduce the string's length to 3/4; so one is generating the harmonic at 1/4 the string length. – Judy N. Nov 20 '20 at 13:13
• And each time I do it (just to clarify more), it makes a sound one octave lower, and the sound resonates strangely. – TheOwl Nov 20 '20 at 13:48

## 1 Answer

As normal, you play the lower two strings open. You then play the Bb on the A string. On the E string though, you hold down the note G while lightly placing your 4th finger where C would be creating that false harmonic.