Can someone explain how to do the fouette stroke? I can't find any videos or examples on Youtube.
I've never heard of fouette in violin playing, it's more of a ballet thing. You may be thinking of spicatto or sautille?
I read Stein's post but it's entirely confusing. Wish he would post a video.
That looks like a partial re-take to me.
Just looks like he needed more bow and did a short stroke going up with a slight lift.
This is what I don't understand:
I think it's just like sautille but less offish? If so, does it really need its own name?
Maybe Mr. Stein would be kind enough to make us a video!
Indeed. Unfortunately, he's been dead for 18 years.
Odd. I don't know who Paul Stein is, but at the risk of differing from a noted pedagogue, if he is one, the stroke described in that article is completely different from the fouette ("whipped") stroke I learned as a student. What he's describing sounds to me to be what we simply called "sautille" - a fast spiccato stroke where the stick bounces but the hairs do not quit the string.
Paul Stein, he's a prolific blogger here. All around great writer. I asked him if he could stop over on this thread and explain the stroke in further detail.
It's no surprise that fouetté is a confusing term. It literally means two very different things. Galamian used it to describe a very sharp, whip stroke, usually at the tip. It is used generally for one note at a time, certainly not in a group of many notes.
Fouetté means to whip, but can also be translated as slapped. It originates from the old Franco-Belgian School, and essentially is produced often at the tip with a lift and slap before the stroke. Ysaÿe was said to use this stroke on all the up-bows in the Scherzo-Tarantelle by Wieniawski, which would be a remarkable feat. A more common passage where this would be employed would be the up-bows after the rests in the main theme of the last mvt of Saint-Saëns Concerto no. 3. As for example here by Joshua Bell: https://youtu.be/DZxwiABbock?t=1129
Thank you Paul Stein!
Indeed, Galamian was much influenced by the Franco-Belgian "School".
Sorry, Maximilian, but since I don’t do videos, maybe someone else will do it. Fouetté is almost the same as quick, short-lengthed detache. Press a little harder with the bow, and make sure the beginning of each stroke has the incisiveness of a crisp staccato. Keep volume and energy up.
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