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Chords of three notes.
In triple stops the two upper notes have mostly the same duration, the lower note being previously released by the bow. Three notes may, however, be made to sound simultaneously, but special skilfulness is requisite, and the sounds cannot be of long duration. Formerly Paganini, Ole Bull, and other violin virtuosi, used a very flat bridge in order to play in three and four parts. Such tricks may be produced even with the ordinary bridge, by unscrewing the nut of the bow, passing the stick underneath the fiddle, letting the hair lie upon the strings, and holding both hair and stick together with the right hand.
As a rule, when several chords in three or four parts succeed each other, they are played with down bows in order to obtain the necessary power and equality of tone. Here and also in the four part chords which follow, the easiest are those which make use of the open strings:
Triple stops with two open strings:
With one open string:
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