I have a question regarding sustained martele. It is of my knowledge that this type of bowing should utilize the section of bow from tip to middle. That it is a hard, even stroke executed with a fast bow pull. I have never really had any issues with this type of bowing, but all of a sudden I am confused about it. In the Kreutzer nmbs. 6 and 7, the whole etude is to be played martalee. I start out fine, but somewhere around the middle, my right arm and hand tires. So I was examining why. My thumb was taught and there was little flexibiliyt. SO I tried being loose, but that made the stroke bizarre and improper. I came to a compromise that seemed to use less tension, but I wonder, where does that hard strong pull come from? I used a lot of elbow, but my fingers really are not needed for this, and the hand position is not required to change, as I stay at the tip. The kind of pressure or weight needed, though, taxes the whole apparatus. The second question, is this: is the bow required to stay on the string at all times? Or does it lift between notes at all? I found that between notes, with such an obvious start and finish to each note, there is a slight silent period. Should the bow rest on the string and the kinetic energy do a kind of turn around? (if that makes sense). Or can it come off the string for a turn of bow that is contolled in a different way, not using the string for direction? I found that the faster I played, the harder it was to keep the bow on the string between notes. Anyhow. Input would help.
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