Maybe it's because I'm currently in the midst of taking care of two-week-old twins (boy and girl), but my thoughts have turned to "tips" and "sure-fire" methods. When you want kids to sleep in the middle of the night, you'll try just about anything that someone writes about, especially if they say it's guaranteed to work!
I won't make a guarantee, but I do have a very useful "safety move" or method for starting notes super-quietly at the frog. It's also useful for making really smooth and quiet bow changes there.
This video shows you how. I have another one I'm planning on making about bow shakes as well, because both problems revolve around the same concept. Let me know if this helped you with your "crunchy frog"!
Posted on June 14, 2015 at 7:00 AM
Thank you for your demonstration! It has solved the my difficulty of the problems that you had described (abrupt start/accent). The technique helped to produce that extra finesse for smooth and dynamic control.
Brillant! It ties in very beautifully with the idea that we can actually produce tone by raising the violin into the bow rather than pressing the bow into the violin. I try to get students to get something like ten percent of the sound from an upward feeling. Many thanks for the great videos Burp