Tone Quality on Spicatto
I’m finishing up Mozart 4 and having a recital on it soon, and one thing I’m really struggling on is making a decent tone on my spicatto, especially really high on the E string. Any suggestions?
I would guess that the problem is with your sounding point. Experiment with playing single notes closer or farther from the bridge.
In addition to "sounding point" on the strings I would also consider:
How about not playing spiccato high on the E? There is a physical reason why spiccato sounds better in a lower range: The sound dies faster the higher up you climb. Such that in 6th position on the E spiccato sounds choppier than on the A in first position, not to mention the G (the point of spiccato is to let the tone die naturally rather than stopping it in its tracks by stopping the bow).
Try using more bow with the hair just a little looser.
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