Play Your Violin or Viola Like a Rhythm Guitarist

Strum bowing contributes rhythm and 'feel' to our band's groove

Even if you’re a hotshot fiddler in a bluegrass, jazz, or rock band, there are times when you need to get out of the way and support somebody else’s solo work. Sometimes you’re helping with the harmonic outline, like a bassist, but maybe you’re moving in on the drummer’s territory, just making a percussive sound to add spice to the syncopation. That little “chunk” or “chucka-chucka” sound on the second and fourth beats is the chop.

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*This article appeared in Strings March 2010
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