The most basic stroke - learn to get it just right.
Hint: You'll need a mirror to check your straight bow.
The elbow pushes forward on every down bow.
The elbow pulls back on every up bow.
Adjust the sounding point and the degree of arm extension with every string crossing.
Practice the string crossing using detaché according to martelé principles:
Make a very fast string crossing at the end of the old stroke.
Start each note on the new string with a martelé.
Keep your bow straight at all times.
Establish each sound by repeating only one note.
Upper half: sounding point at the bridge, more pressure
Lower half: sounding point closer to the fingerboard, less pressure.
For double stops in this passage, use a fast wrist motion to throw the up bow. Use bow placement to achieve a seamless transition between detaché and spiccato.
Detaché: above the middle of the bow.
Spiccato: slightly below the middle of the bow.
Violin, Stephanie Zyzak
Piano, Ina Ham.
Violin, Tessa Lark
Starling Chamber Orchestra