Right hand pizzicato form
Today, I have realised that there are two ways of doing the right hand pizzicato. Either grasping the bow as if you were to make a fist and plucking it with your index, or keeping the bow hold and just reaching out with the index. I have always used the second method but thought that the first method would've been easier to do. So I was just wondering which method is overall better to stick on to, and which method you guys prefer.
Depends on the piece. If the pizz passage is long, I would use method #1. If the pizz passage is short, method #2 is best.
Same as Ella
Agreed -- with one small addition for method 2 in longer passages: Keep the right thumb hooked on the outer right edge of the fingerboard -- right at the end -- while you hold the bow firmly with RH fingers 2-3-4. Otherwise, it's easy to get off the beat in rapid pizz passages -- e.g., Tchaikovsky 4, 3rd movement, and Sibelius 2, 1st movement.
Agree with Jim 100%.
I use both, but as with the others, 99% of the time I use the second one. i only use the first when I have long rests before and after the archo. It is easier to play, but sometimes trickey to switch to and from.
I also do it depending on the tempo of the transition between the pizz and the arco.
Difficult pizz-to-arco transitions can be handled nicely by splitting the stand. One player plays the last pizz stronger and the other plays the first arco note stronger. A faking conspiracy!
There's a thumb pizz, as well, where you use your thumb, nearly on its side, to pluck the strings. Useful for resonant G-string pizz, especially. (I was taught this trick by my teacher for us in Prokofiev No. 1.)
I hold the bow normally and just reach out and pluck, so option 2.