I've put together a new video, using the last page of the Saint-Saens Introduction and Rondo Capriccioso that shows how the left hand timing for spiccato differs from the timing for other kinds of bow strokes. Great players know that the fingers for spiccato must stop the string early in order for the notes to sound cleanly and in time. But now you can see it for yourself, up close and in slow motion. There's even a split-screen where you can see the same passage played slurred and spiccato! The audio is lined up but you will see the spiccato fingers moving earlier. It was great fun to make and I couldn't wait to see the slow motion test for myself!
By the way, I have included closed captioning for this video. I often get this request from non-native English speakers and I must say that youtube makes it very easy! Once my video is made, I watch it and type up a text file of the words that I've spoken. When I include that as part of my video upload, youtube automatically syncs the text to the audio and creates the captions. Very cool!
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