Hi everyone, I recently put up a new video on YouTube on learning different speeds of spiccato. One of the questions that came up, as it often does, is: what is the difference between spiccato and sautille?
In fact, the video begins with a slow off-the-string stroke gradually turning into a very fast one, and back again. Is it spiccato, sautille, or both?
So I'm curious how many of you were taught a real difference? How many of you think of them as different strokes, or play them differently?
My answer would be that I didn't learn them separately; I'm not aware of different techniques to play fast off-the-string vs slow; I notice a gradual transition from more arm to less arm as the stroke gets very fast. So I've never found it useful to describe two strokes separately or to teach them differently. How about you?
And the link to the video for those interested:
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