I'm having trouble with the long up-bow staccato runs in the Introduction & Rondo Capriccioso. I've watched the video on violinmasterclass.com and practiced Kreutzer No. 4 until I can play it in my sleep, but the speed just isn't coming.
One unhelpful thing I was doing was trying to make the articulation "vertically", i.e. pushing down with my index finger or coming off the string. My teacher suggested I think "horizontally" by practicing a fast tremolo, then doing the run with primarily an arm motion, using only enough finger and wrist to keep the bow moving straight. I can do this if I put a fair amount of weight on the bow and keep it near the bridge, but as soon as I try to speed it up and/or play it piano, I either lose the articulation or end up with this jerky thing where the bow moves in the down-bow direction a little after each note.
Any other suggestions? I'm sick of looking at that little kid 1/4 my age who makes it look so easy. >:)
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