Use Less Bow to Play Fast

Use Less Bow to Play Fast

This clip demonstrates détaché at a slow, medium and fast tempo.

As a general principle use less bow as the speed increases in order to maintain clarity of the articulation. If you do want to use a large détaché stroke you will need to add more pressure, or move the point of contact towards the fingerboard, to avoid a ponticello effect.

The well-known device of placing stickers on the bow can help you to monitor the actual amount of bow you are using.

Notice that each example is twice the speed of the previous one, as this is an efficient way to learn fast passagework.

This excerpt is from "Catch Me If You Can" by Mary Cohen.


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