# How to play a chord on the violin if two notes are on the same string

I am learning to play on the violin. On my score sheet there is a chord with the notes C,E,G in C major (the scale is not relevant). I do not understand how one can play two notes on the same string simultaneously. Can somebody tell me how one would play such a chord in terms of how to place the fingers given that E and G are on the same string ? Thanks.

• Need to see a copy of the dots! It's also worth bearing in mind that it's not easy to play more than two notes simultaneously on a violin. Especially using more than two strings. Arpeggios, yes.
– Tim
Mar 31 at 12:33
• Pretty sure this is a duplicate. Having trouble finding it… Mar 31 at 12:37
• Meanwhile, yes, please edit to include an image, or at least specify exactly which c, e, and g this is. 1. You can often play two notes that would be on the same string in first position by shifting, or extending so you're in two positions at once. 2. If there's any uncertainty about the triple stop, see this thread (though the only answer that's really accurate is the one by SomeMathStudent). ... Mar 31 at 13:11
• 3. It's always possible that you're reading something poorly written, or not originally intended for violin. If the notes are middle C plus the E and G directly above, then no, there's no way to play it using shifting or extensions, and it can't be done on violin (short of changing the tuning of the strings). Please edit to clarify so we can choose from these possibilities. Mar 31 at 13:12
• @Andy Bonner. I included a picture. It's about the spot where it says "Dreiklang". Thanks. Mar 31 at 15:44