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Up and Down Bow Staccato

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I was wondering if maybe you can help me with my upbow and downbow staccato. It's the one thing I've been having a little bit of trouble with. Something you've tried for a while? Yeah, I'm just not quite sure how to approach it. The way upbow staccato used to be taught--put your bow up on the string--is the teacher would say "Put your bow on the string. Now get tighter. Tighter. Tighter. Tighter. Now go!" [both laugh] That's pretty good. Works, huh? Yeah, I'll think about that one. There are a few things that are--maybe a lot of things--but certainly this is one of them, that are so personal and you will find your own way. What I found when I get tight is that I don't have any control over the speed. It just goes, but I don't really have any control over it. So let's try a series of bites and release. See, just bite it and the whole approach here is that in between the stroke you go absolutely limp. You let go of the thumb completely so there's an explosion and then just go limp. Right. Make it a finger action, wrists and fingers. Can you make it even quicker, more electric? That's it, good. A little faster. Good, so you can practice that and eventually you want to start working up more speed but always be aware – The trick is to be aware of the looseness between. All right? As you get faster and faster you'll sort of forget to let loose. Okay, another way to practice it is just to do a tremolo out here, and then when I say go, just tremolo. Now go! Right, you just push the bow quickly, and so what happens is you start catching the upbows of the tremolo, not the downbows. You want to try it down here and do a downbow staccato? Now go! Great. So you've got 3 different approaches now to learning upbow and downbow staccato. I would practice those all every day, and we'll see where that takes us. Okay. Thanks. Good.

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Duration: 3 minutes and 17 seconds
Country: United States
Language: English
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Views: 372
Posted by: katz on May 31, 2011

Paul Katz teaches what the right hand should feel like and how to practice this virtuoso bow stroke

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