Presented by Dr Steven Berryman, this video offers an overview of some typical playing techniques for string instruments: from arco to pizzicato, sul ponticello to sul tasto and beyond.

We hear each string instrument in turn, then hear how they sound playing together with different techniques in isolation and in combination. Finally, we hear the quartet perform music with different textures, and how you might combine these in your composition.

Whether you are composing for GCSE, A Level or just for the joy of composing, this video offers some starting points for string writing.


Additional video credits:

  • violin: Paganini Caprice 24
  • viola: Max Reger Viola Suite no.1 in G minor,
  • cello: J.S. Bach Bourée 1 from Cello Suite no.3 in C.
  • Extract from Gustav Holst The Planets Suite recorded by the London Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by Vladimir Jurowski

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