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Detaché
dé-ta-ché: separated

The most basic stroke - learn to get it just right.

Hint: You'll need a mirror to check your straight bow.

 
Definition
Review Straight Bow Geometry.

Keep the bow speed and pressure constant.

Use a mirror to keep your bow straight. Position yourself so that your strings are parallel to the mirror in order to see your bow at a perfect right angle.

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Exercises
Down bow: Push your elbow forward to keep the bow straight at the tip.

Up bow: Pull your elbow back as you move to the middle of the bow.

Keep your bow grip steady!

Review Straight Bow Geometry.

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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.

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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.

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For this exercise you need:

  • Mirror
  • Metronome
  • Rhythm patterns
  • A very straight bow
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Scales, Arpeggios, & Double Stops.

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Master Classes
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.

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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.

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