Our new series of blogs about bowing technique features pieces of music to help you (or your students!) develop different types of bow strokes. This week's post introduces the Legato stroke.
Legato means smooth or seamless. A legato stroke is a succession of sustained notes.
String Crossings: When these notes occur across the strings you need a pivoting movement to help make the string crossing as smooth as possible.
Think of painting a letter C or turning a key in a lock! The bow should lean towards the new string while still playing the old one.
Use these questions and tasks to prepare and get ready to play the piece:
Before playing Gussie's Variation, first try 'Exercise 2' (images below). Use the whole bow (WB) for each slurred pair. Which is easier to play, and why?
Now consider the answer to these questions:
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!