Get started learning about how to create a range of overpressure sounds with this video:


Now work with the examples below to get you accustomed to changing the amount of pressure & speed to create a range of overpressure sounds.

Practice Tips:

  • Note that many of the following examples start on the A-string, on which a good overpressure sound is most easily achieved. Do try these on all 4 strings so that you feel the differences that the thicker strings create.
  • Most of these are marked f-p, meaning that you ought to try the entire exercise in both forte and piano. When you try it in piano, you must rely on the bow speed (slow) and the contact point (tasto) to create the distorted sound.
  • Don’t be limited by these examples! Make up your own, or try introducing some sound distortion to traditional melodies that you already know. I’m sure Bach wouldn’t mind…much.

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