Artificial Harmonics

Artificial Harmonics

Artificial harmonics are created with a 1st finger stopped note and a 4th finger harmonic.

Playing out the 1-4s (1st and 4th fingers) will help you find the correct left-hand frame for these harmonics.

When playing artificial harmonics we may find a clearer sound by having a slightly flattened 4th finger, so that more of the fingerpad contacts the string.

However, in this exercise make the angle of the 4th finger the same in the harmonic as for the stopped note.

A standard notehead indicates the stopped finger and a diamond-shaped notehead shows the 4th finger harmonic.


Scores - Harmonics - violin & viola

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