I am a college music student and I started working on the Saint Saens Introduction and Rondo Capriccioso around the beginning of September. I have managed get through the whole piece, but I am really having trouble with the staccato at the animato part on the first page (the pattern is slur 2, then 2 stacatto on an up bow). Most people take it pretty fast, but I can't seem to speed it up at all without getting too much schmutz on the slurs, and making the staccatos inaudible. I was told to play them at the middle of the bow, but the middle seems not stiff enough to project any sound. The stick just hits the string, and I get a lot of ricochet notes that aren't supposed to be there.
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