Thumb Underneath for Beginning Martelé

Thumb Underneath for Beginning Martelé

The challenge of martelé is to find a way to efficiently contact and quickly release the string. This can be a challenge for the beginner, especially if they tighten the thumb too much as they endeavour to grip the string.

Experiment with the thumb underneath the frog, keeping the right hand as open as possible.

If the fourth finger of the bow tightens when playing martelé experiment with the fourth finger hanging over the stick, like a cellist. This puts the bow hand further into a neutral position....

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