Help extra sound with staccato notes near tip on downbow

Edited: January 13, 2019, 3:37 PM · Hello all,

I am looking for some help with a bowing issue.

I am a beginner about a year in working on Suzuki Happy Farmer.

The bowing issue happens with the “Suzuki staccato” notes but only on the down bow top third of the bow. It gets worse the closer to the tip I play.

Here is what happens. Whcen I downbow fast with a sudden stop, I get an extra noise resulting from a slight extra movement of my bow. One way to imagine it is as follows. Think of a car with very poor suspension. When the car does a quick stop, you see the whole car rock back and forth a few times before coming to a complete halt. With my bowing this rocking only happens when I am on a downbow, bowing fast, stop suddenly, and am near the tip. The sound produced is slight but noticeable.

My teacher up until now has suggested I shorten the staccato notes, but with happy farmer it seems the energy of the dotted quarter is carried over to the staccato eight note so it doesn’t matter if that note is short, I still get that rocking motion in my arm with the subsequent sound. If I slow down my staccato stop the note flattens and is no longer crisp.

My bowing in general is far behind my left hand - I am left handed and do not yet have the same level of fine motor skills in my right hand.

Any thoughts?

Replies (3)

January 13, 2019, 4:24 PM · There's a natural rebound to your hand. Without the violin and bow, just try jerking your right hand downwards and then stopping it. If your hand is relatively loose, you'll find that it rebounds automatically. You have to learn to stop your hand precisely without that rebound. You can work on it without the violin.
January 13, 2019, 4:35 PM · Lydia,

I just read your post and tried the motion without the violin. Was very surprised. The key to precision without rebound seems to be the tricep.

Thank you for the practice tip

Cheers

January 13, 2019, 4:58 PM · If tense up, your hand will bounce back. You can use the inertia of the bow to stop its movement.

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