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Violin - Can double stops be played when the strings are not next to each other?

As Jomiddnz points out, there's pizzicato. You could also bow one string and pluck another at the same time. But if you want both notes played with the bow, and don't want the bow to catch the ...
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Why are double stops rarely written for double basses, compared to other strings?

First I’d like to point out that all the info provided by @BenCrowell is on the money. I would just like to add a few points from the perspective of a bassist. The bass does lend itself to some ...
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Are these double stops playable on violin?

Each individual double stop is simple on its own, but the issue you have is that you transition from an interval less than a fifth, to a fifth, to an interval greater than a fifth (and back again). ...
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Violin - Can double stops be played when the strings are not next to each other?

Just to be pedantic, you could pretty easily bow the open G and A strings together by holding the D string depressed just above the bridge.
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Double stops on pizzicato

I disagree with Lazy; it's very doable to pluck two strings simultaneously with two fingers. It could be considered a bit of an "extended technique," but is certainly not the hardest or most ...
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Piano - What is the notation for two notes played simultaneously, where both notes are different lengths?

This is common notation in keyboard music, although we don't call them "double stops"; it's just harmony. When notating something like this, you write the music out as different voices, with the ...
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How to notate a double stop for snare drum music

According to the Illinois State University Big Red Marching Maching Drumline 2017 Music Notation Guide, it should look just as described: two adjacent note heads on either side of a single stem. The ...
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Are these double stops playable on violin?

Are these double stops playable on violin? Very much so. There is nothing difficult in what you have written. Double stops have to be played on adjacent strings so the further apart the notes the ...
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Violin - Can double stops be played when the strings are not next to each other?

Absolutely, but it's harder on a modern instrument As RedLitYogi says, the convex bridge (not the fingerboard!) affects your ability to play more than two adjacent strings. A tight bow means you can ...
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How to notate a double stop for snare drum music

There is not a specific worldwide and standard notation for this that can be recognized worldwide, but since there's no absolute notation standard for drums (unlike most of other instruments), you can ...
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Can a cellist play minor sixths in thumb position?

I am not a skilled cellist, but I just grabbed my daughter's cello and played it successfully. Mind you, my tone was such that my wife looked up and said "What are you doing? and why are you ...
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Triple stops in Bruch's violin concerto

When playing three or four string stops, don't try to play all the strings at once. For a triple stop, you start double on the lower two notes and rotate to the upper two notes during the bow stroke, ...
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Violin - Can double stops be played when the strings are not next to each other?

Just to add to the other answers, there's this unusual technique where you loosen the hair of the bow and play with the stick of the bow under the violin, but the hair wrapping over it. This allows ...
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Is this double stop playable on violin?

Any individual double stop can be played on the violin as long as: 1) It's not bigger than an octave. (If the lower note is on an open string, a bigger double stop is possible. Other double stops ...
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Cello double stop

It's a bit awkward but can be done. And no, you don't have to indicate open strings. The player can easily figure that out.
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How to play 3 notes at the same time on the violin? (Der Erlkonig)

I'm sure you already know the one word answer "Practice". Hilary Hahn's predecessor as world #1, Maxim Vengerov, released this short YouTube video describing how you should practice to play ...
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Notating a double stop with a semitone interval

There's also a curious but non-ambiguous way to do it: using a sort of a "secondary stem" like this: (here the fourth chord contains both a B♭ and a B on the "secondary stem"). ...
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Notating a double stop with a semitone interval

How about G and Ab as the notes. Wouldn't that be a lot clearer?
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How to play a chord on the violin if two notes are on the same string

Those pitches are not meant to be played; they're providing a little music theory along with the scales. The German text at the top of the page translates to "In the following 24 scales, at the ...
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What are these octave like shapes used in popular indie rock?

These shapes in both your E string and A string questions are minor and major tenths. A 10th is a 3rd interval but with an added octave separating the two notes. The TAB helps and shows the starting ...
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Fingering of cello double stops

Maybe there's a better way, but to me it would come naturally as: - 1+4 (3rd position), - thumb+2 to avoid moving hand or 1+4(2nd position), - 1+4 (1st position), - 0+3, - 1+4, (3rd position) - ...
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How to play 3 notes at the same time on the violin? (Der Erlkonig)

Okay, I watched a video to refresh my memory, and I chose a Hahn performance: . Here's the way I think about triple stops: it's going to be kind of like two double ...
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Violin - Slurring double stops

You have several options depending musical context. The best thing is to see this challenge coming and prepare by putting your first finger equally on both D and A strings, as if you were playing a ...
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When to start learning double stops on violin?

Actually, some isolated double and triple stops appear quite a bit earlier in the Suzuki sequence -- it's been awhile since I was a parent coach, but I think the first appearance is in Book 2 or 3. ...
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Double stops on pizzicato

While it would be theoretically possible to pluck multiple strings at once it is quite uncommon to do so. But it is possible to pluck across multiple strings quite rapidly so it sounds simultaneous. ...
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What are these octave like shapes used in popular indie rock?

They are not octaves, because they are not playing the same note. They are thirds (spanning more than one octave of course), a type of dyad for the purists. They are used in countless riffs and songs ...
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Violin - Can double stops be played when the strings are not next to each other?

No. It is physically impossible unless you play it pizzicato.
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