Naughty bits – those tricky passages in chamber music that appear out of nowhere, and which can trip you up when it was all going so well, even for the second violinist! The "naughty bit" might be a passage in a high position, a tricky rhythm, some awkward and unexpected accidentals, or a run of fast notes – but wouldn't life be better if you had had a chance to practice those bits in advance? So here's the solution: a volume of those awkward 2nd violin passages from Beethoven's string quartets, for you to practice, so that you can play any Beethoven quartet already prepared for those "naughty bits".
The publishers have used Peters Edition parts in order to have their editors' fingering and bowing suggestions, which tend to be missing from urtext parts. A full explanation of how these excerpts have been selected, fingerings, bowings and tempi suggested etc is in the Foreward of this Naught Bits volume. Bar numbers relate to Peters Edition parts.