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5 String Theory

5 String Theory is a solo project of violinist, composer and music producer Alexey Kochetkov. It is based on three pillars: the violin with five strings, live looping, and digital effects. Using these elements, Kochetkov creates ethereal compositions which range from dreamy soundscapes to truly dramatic high points. The work on 5 String Theory began in 2018 as Alexey was touring with the circus group Gravity & Other Myths. Later he applied the techniques he developed to his work with the film and theatre director Amos Gitai. His compositions have appeared in Gitai’s theatrical works Exils Intérieurs and Yitzhak Rabin: Chronique d’un Assassinat. His music also appears in the movie Laila in Haifa, which was a Golden Lion nominee at the Venice Film Festival in 2020. Nowadays, Kochetkov keeps working on the first 5 String Theory’s album, which is planned to appear at the beginning of the year 2022.


Warm up Exercises 

for 5 String Violin

I'm happy to share with you some of the famous exercises which I adapted for five-string violin. Schradieck, Kreutzer, Flesch - we probably hated them a little in the music school, but they helped us so much to develop a proper violin technique. As I switched to the five-string violin, I got back to these exercises and played them first on the upper four strings (E A D G) and then on the lower four (A D G C). But I was really missing the same exercises which would go over all five strings. And since there were none that I could find, I started to adapt existing four-string violin études and exercises which I found to be important, for a five-string situation.

For today, I have completed two exercises which focus on scale and the arpeggio movement of the left hand in the first position. The first one is based on the Exercise Nr.6 from H.Schradieck’s book and the second one is based on the Etude Nr.5 from R.Kreutzer’s book. Technically it is a gentle recomposition of the original exercises, which keeps their original purpose while making them playable over all the five strings.

I invite you to download the book and try out these adaptations. There are more to come! However, I will be happy to hear your feedback about the existing ones. You'll find the reach out information in the description of the book.

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