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Rustam Gill
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Is anybody working on the Kayser studies? I have been working through the etude book with my teacher and they are tough! Here is number 13!
Any critiques are welcome!
Rustam Gill
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Posted: February 12, 2018
Last Comment: February 14, 2018

Rustam Gill
Posted: February 14, 2018
Dianne: I have been playing this etude closer to the frog for now because it alternates on and off the string bowing which is too difficult for me to do at the mid-bow. I find that as I speed up I move closer to the middle of the bow with my spiccato but this is the fastest I cqan go for now.. I have seen the spiccato at the mid-bow you are referring to from professional players on Youtube and it looks wonderful. I hope I get there someday :)

For my spiccato at the frog, the impulse comes from the shoulder and most of my focus is on keeping a very loose bow hold, specifically my right thumb. A relaxed bow hold when the bow is falling into the string has been the key for good tone in spiccato for me. The alternating of on and off the string strokes in this etude makes that challenging along with the left hand. As far as videos I found the way Professor Sassmanshaus teaches spiccato on to be helfpul personally. He builds a spiccato from a detache at the frog then relaxes the thumb and the bow comes off the string very naturally.

I hope that helps. Sorry I couldn’t be more helpful.

Rustam Gill
Posted: February 14, 2018
Thank you Courtney!

Thank you for the kind words about my pinky, Beth 😊. I’m not quite happy with it as it still collapses at times but its getting better.

Barbara: Yes I see what you mean. After watching the video I realized I am definitely nowhere near done with this etude. There were a few moments of hesitation when I shifted and the “shrapnel” from not having clean left hand and right hand technique is still there and needs to be worked on. Thank you for your compliments and input! 

Posted: February 13, 2018
Hi Rustam, on the spiccato in this etude at mid bow, do you use the whole arm, or from elbow to wrist, or wrist only with springy fingers? I have seen players with a spiccato mid bow that looks as if the whole arm is going up and down, and they seem to have terrific control because of this, but does it introduce tension in the arm doing it that way? You are playing just below mid bow and not using your whole arm, but I wanted to ask @ this for clarification on spiccato at this tempo (mid bow and just below mid bow if there is a difference), which is best for each? Perhaps you can direct me to a tutorial video. Thank you in advance!

Barbara Habel
Posted: February 13, 2018
Dear Rustam

That was nice springy spicatto. Nice rhythm, fast and good intonation.

Only critique would be the additional "plopp" and "pling" sounds the strings made as you lifted your fingers. Those are tricky to get rid off.

When I have them I slow down the speed of the area they are in and practice it very slowly. This way I can discover how long I need to keep the fingers on the strings before moving on without them making any additional sounds. And then I slowly speed up again with a new "timing" of left and right hand coordination.

Thank you for sharing this Etude with us. It was fun to listen to. And congratulations to your achievement with playing it. Well done.

Beth Blackerby
Posted: February 12, 2018
Quite impressive spiccato. I also admire your pinky finger. It works like another finger!

Posted: February 12, 2018
Hey, haven't seen you around lately! I always admire your off the string work, so beautiful