Wieniawski Le Sautille - Slow Tempo

December 31, 2020, 7:16 PM · Can someone describe the technique used by this violinist to play the bow stroke at this slower tempo?


In the video, you can hear the "click" of the sautille at a much slower speed than the stroke is usually played. It does not sound like he is using a spiccato stroke. How is he doing this?

Replies (9)

January 1, 2021, 12:04 AM · Hee throws the downbow so it bounces by itself.
January 1, 2021, 8:49 PM · Matthias, can you explain how to do a ricochet this slowly and evenly?
January 2, 2021, 4:58 AM · For slow practice, Lucien Capet in his ultra-complete Art of Bowing suggests using a pinched "collé" attack, followed by a lift, on each note.
At higher tempi, this becomes a sparkling spiccato. Even at sautillé and ricochet speeds, something of the sparkle will survive..for a while!
January 2, 2021, 2:43 PM · You mean using an off the string collé to start a ricochet near the frog and catching it/restarting it?
January 3, 2021, 12:11 PM · Ricochet;-- is one of the few times I intentionally hold the bow firmly instead of light and flexible. Breaking the usual rules; have the 4th finger straight so that the hand is locked, like some beginners. Then throw the bow at a string, upper half only, down-bow only. It will bounce. The E-string will be a problem. It is too stiff to give much of a rebound. Adding left-hand pizz. on descending scales helps the effect.
Edited: January 4, 2021, 10:20 AM · @Maximillian
In slow practice, yes: a kind of "bow-hair-pizzicato".
It keeps the right hand light and reactive when playing faster strokes like up or down bow staccato, or even spiccato.
But Joel is right about ricochet, where the first "bite" comes from a near-vertical attack.
January 4, 2021, 4:44 PM · Thanks. What is the technique used to keep the ricochet going in a faster piece like the original bowing for Paganini's 5th caprice?
January 5, 2021, 3:55 PM · Isn't Caprice No5 for a fast sautillé, which barely leaves the string?
A bit like a tremolo but a bit more perpendicular to the string?
January 10, 2021, 11:31 PM · It is the same technique. Here are a couple of how-to videos:

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