Down Bow Staccato
I have heard in a couple places about up bow staccato, and people stated that down bow should be learned first.
Down bow staccato really is a pain for me too. Any ideas here?
Set the bow firmly on the string. Tilt it towards you. Pull. Gravity helps keep the bow in the string and it's much easier than the up-bow staccato.
Good advice, however, it keeps going upbow a little bit after each staccato note. How to I fix this?
You have too much tension in your right hand. Pull with a lot of force very suddenly, but then release and let the bow come to a stop on its own—the weight of your arm will make sure of it.
Not to be a shameless self-promoter but here's some downbow staccato. :)
You use that silly two-finger twitch method that guy tried to charge $50 or whatever for.
That's really impressive Nate.
Thank you Kypros! :)
I’ve always wondered how much of down bow staccato is in the bow vs the hand. I have a really fast up bow, but I can’t do down bow to save my life.
I recommend googling "Hora Staccato." Among others you will find Jascha Heifetz and Elizabeth Pitcairn displaying great flying staccato both up- and down-bow. You will notice that even the "mighty Heifetz" made a major change in the way he placed his fingers on the bow to create down-bow staccato. You might have to watch a few times because the cinematographer was not going for the "how" so much as the "what." But it might be worth it - if you find it works for you.
There's famous passage in Wieniawski's first concerto ))
I change my hand position, and it make it more comfortable, but the speed feels so impossible.
Any more ideas?
Alright everybody, thank you for all your suggestions.
Wait, what? This is a weird post. How do you become a pro without up-bow staccato, down-bow staccato, or even tremolo?
Well, I am serious when I say this, but most violin pros can’t even play staccato. Like Milstein, Oistrakah, and D. Garrett.
When I asked my teacher how to do it he just told me use your nose. At first I was like what in the world does that mean? It means sniff your own way. What he meant by this is that up bow or down bow staccato is something you have to find out how to do yourself. The way Heifetz did may not be the way you can do it. Same thing for Christian Li or Ray Chen. You have to just try different positions and such with your arm, wrist, what have you in order to get it. My advice would be instead of looking up tutorials, try just watching videos of people playing pieces that have staccato in them. And when you do this pay attention to how that person is doing it. The way I sort of got it was by copying what a man named Antal Zalai while he was playing Paganini Caprice no 15 (the piece I was trying to learn staccato for). He tilts his bow away from him and lifted his pinky off the bow while also tilting his hand to the right. It's easier to see if you watch the video but while weird it works really well for him.
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