Our new series of blogs about bowing technique features pieces of music to help you (or your students!) develop different types of bow strokes. Remember to check that you have a good, relaxed bow hold with a bent thumb and flexible fingers.
This week's post introduces the Détaché stroke.
The Détaché stroke is the most common type of bow stroke. It's called détaché because the notes are detached or separated from each other by the change of bow.
Violinists/Violists: To play détaché in the upper half (UH) of the bow, think of a flowing 'out and in' stroke, moving the lower arm from the elbow joint. Ensure that you have a good point of contact with the bow on the string.
Use these questions and tasks to prepare and get ready to play the piece:
How Did It Go?
Use these questions and tasks to review what you just did, and think about how you could make it better!
Now try these tasks to build on what you've just learned...
This series is based on Bow Strokes for Violin, Bow Strokes for Viola, and Bow Strokes for Cello by Caroline Lumsden and Anita Hewitt Jones. Piano accompaniments for all pieces are available in the printed versions!