nederlands / english

Natural harmonics: there are a great number of them (7 strings!) and they have a lot of resonance (strings). Also, there is mostly more than one possibility for playing the same harmonic on different strings.
Artificial harmonics: the same as on the cello.

Throughout the centuries, composers used the vdg as a ‘polyphonic’ instrument: changing (quickly) from a low register to a high one can create a two-or-more voice effect.