How to: Portato Bowing | Violin Lounge TV #247

August 17, 2016, 12:37 AM ·

In this video you will learn how to play portato.

Portato is the bowing technique you apply when you see slurred notes with a line below or above them.

The trick is to not do too much.

Just stop the bow for a split second, like it would look like if you press a pause button in a movie and press play right after that.

Nothing changes, no accent, no funny things with your bow, nothing special, don't give the bow a push with your index finger to create the stop... just stop the movement shortly and continue bowing in the same direction.

The stop should be hearable, so it doesn't sound like slurred notes, but there shouldn't be a rest.

First practice to play portato with two notes on one bow stroke and build it up from there.

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