How long did it take you to learn staccato?
Staccato is eating my lunch. What's a reasonable expectation for getting this done?
I've made progress on getting the initial bite then playing the tone. It's stopping with the ending bite that has me now.
I was taught staccato as a cellist in my early 'teens, but I don't remember now how long it took me to learn the technique. Five decades later, when I took up the violin on retirement, staccato came easily, as did long slow bows, so some skills, but only a few, and certainly far from all, successfully transferred from one instrument to the other with hardly any problem. I do wonder though if the long bow skill and the staccato skill are somehow related.
Practise staccato for fifteen minutes every day, and, if you're like I was, you should have a bangin' staccato stroke in just over a year.
I start by lifting the bow at the end of the stroke, and end up just nearly lifting it.
Depends on how good your projection is.
Well, start by working on projection, then..
It depends on the tempo. I find it only modestly challenging at modest tempo but the tempo you hear from good virtuosos is challenging.
A good bow will make learning staccato much easier.
@ Albrecht, I know well the "ripening" aspect, but I've got a teacher whom I'm driven not to hear disappointment from.
Adrian, explain projection to me. I know what it means in the "volume" sense, maybe. Are you saying something else?
I use "projection" as the ability to be heard at a distance, less dependent on volume than on timbre. Singers who can be heard over a full orchestra (albeit playing
My tone is terrible but my projection is great.
Actually mastering, not very long. Finding the human bones needed for the ritual to summon David Oistrakh from the dead and take control of my arm took forever as I didn't know about Skulls Unlimited at the time.
Doing Suzuki, the Perpetual Motion tune from book 1, and the Allegro from the previous tune. It's coming, but not necessarily the control for the ending bite. I watched one video on Youtube by a Suzuki teacher, and that gave me the confidence I was progressing. Either that, or me and that teacher are out of luck.
I remember learning it as a child by doing Kreutzer etude no.4. It's a great etude for learning staccato.
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