David Oistrakh sul tasto

July 30, 2019, 6:15 AM · I wonder if anyone could watch some David Oistrakh on Youtube and tell me if you think he plays sul tasto more than you'd expect?

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July 30, 2019, 6:45 AM · The great violinists broke all the rules. Because they could.
July 30, 2019, 9:22 AM · There are rules?
July 30, 2019, 10:32 AM · When your violin teacher says, "Don't play with your bow over the fingerboard," that's pretty much a rule, no?
July 30, 2019, 1:28 PM · No, not a rule - but if you want a softer sound with less overtone sound that is one way to get it - especially if you forgot your mute.
July 30, 2019, 2:33 PM · My teacher generally encourages, for concertos, to keep the weight of the bow in the string, but to shift the sounding point to get a different color. That works well on my violin, which doesn't seem subject to the usual limitation of many violins that require a sul tasto stroke to be fast and light to sound good; I can play near the fingerboard with a slow bow speed and significant weight in order to get a piano-colored sound that will nevertheless project through an orchestral texture.

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