Three Approaches to Upbow Staccato

Three Approaches to Upbow Staccato

Different players find different solutions to how best to play up-bow staccato.

Here are three common approaches:

Pronation and supination
Use the 1st or 3rd finger to pull the bow in towards the bow hand
Use the speed of tremolo to kick start the staccato movement

Points to pay attention to are:

Make sure there is constant friction between bow and string. This is especially an issue after crossing strings.
Don’t give the 1st note of a passage too strong an accent and don’t neglect the second note of a passage.
Practice the passage both slurred and detache to make sure that your coordination is settled. Just like in sautille we may blame our bow-stroke when the issue is elsewhere.

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