Advice needed: smooth bow changes with slurred 16th notes
I can get a smooth bow change when I have longer notes, but when I start doing slurred 16ths for the same duration, the bow change is unpleasantly audible. (acceleration scales, Rode #3, etc.)
Any suggestions for correcting this?
Julie from the way you write it seems to have nothing to do with the left hand fingers not being lifted or placed fast enough just before or after the bow change. then indeed your problem is very bizarre, I can offer no suggestions only my sympathy!
I find that two thirds of our technique is between the notes! (Or just before them.)
Just play it faster so nobody notices.
The best way to fix this is to think of the left hand as a separate entity from the bow arm. In your example the bow arm plays whole notes. The left hand plays whatever the run in question requires (16ths, 32nds, etc.). The moment you come close to the bow change, slow down the last two to four notes to ensure a seamless change. Then slowly eliminate the ritardando and maintain the same bow change technique. It will work! For more intense work on this sort of thing, check out https://www.jgcmfestival.com
Do you have a teacher? If so, you should ask her/him for some help. Gary's suggestion is a good one, but you may need someone to help implement your technical change. Good luck!
+1 to Gary.
"Aim" your thinking into the start of the next bow, so you focus on the continuity across bows. Just thinking about going to that note might be enough to fix the problem, at least for the familiar patterns like scales.
I would certainly try Lydia's suggestions.
I've noticed that when I have string crossing problems they fall into one of three categories:
thanks Susanna except that Julie's question is about bow changes, not string changes :-) Julie has a degree in violin and teaches violin, so it is interesting and actually inspiring to see that also professionals need to keep working on the basics. I kind of knew that but still nice to see it in real life.
Thank you for all the suggestions! I'm going to experiment with the ritardando this afternoon.