The repertoire has a seemingly bewildering array of string-crossing patterns compounded by the mixing of slurred and separate notes. For problematic passages it is worth …read more
This is a whole-arm string-crossing action. It helps to notice the rise and fall of the upper arm, and to feel the arm and hand …read more
Place the bow on the bridge, then roll across the bridge in both directions. Follow the curve of the bridge. This gives you the feeling …read more
A close-up view of the point of contact of bowhair and strings. Please login to view this video.
By practising this exercise slurred, you can focus on the string-crossing action. Try pausing the video to see the differing arm levels for each string. …read more
Practising with three bows per note maintains the same string-crossing patterns as for single bows. It allows you more time on every note to focus …read more
Find a balanced right-elbow level by playing two open strings together. Gradually add in a string-crossing action. Please login to view this video.
To develop the pivot string-cross action, use a friendly hand or a music stand to stabilise your upper arm. In the pivot string-cross action there …read more
This forearm string cross uses a pivoting action from the elbow. The only movement of the upper arm is a passive balancing movement. Make sure …read more
The pivot string-crossing action is an essential action that is used throughout the repertoire. This excerpt is Bars 87-88 from the 1st movement of Concerto …read more