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Mary Willis
Hi Beth and all,

Watched your Ricochet lesson and have started trying to learn this bowing called "the cut" in Scottish fiddle tradition.  See link. https://www.fiddlevideo.com/scottish-gracenote-the-cut/

Would you say they are very similar and could I use your instruction to accomplish this grace note?

Thanks
Mary
Mary Willis
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Posted: February 4, 2019
Last Comment: February 9, 2019
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Dianne
Posted: February 9, 2019
Hi Mary, it is at 1:46, 1:49 & 1:52. It might be a tiny version of the cut (I'm guessing). But then again, this performer uses lots of really cool 16th note bow changes in his later pieces. It might be one of those instead of the cut.

Mary Willis
Posted: February 9, 2019
The Cut
Thanks Beth and Diane,

It is a bit of a hybrid isn't it?

Diane I watched the video you linked to but wasn't really sure where the bowing was that you referred to. Can you give me a marker number?

Great video  and artist!!

Dianne
Posted: February 8, 2019
The Cut
Hi Mary, not sure if you are still checking in here, but is this performer doing the cut bow stroke here? It seems so subtle the way he is doing it, but it seems basically the same as the tutorial.

Beth Blackerby
Posted: February 5, 2019
That was a good explanation of the "cut". I admit I never really understood what exactly was happening with that little scratchy technique that sounds so cool and only in those Celtic styles. My perception of it is that's it's kind of a hybrid. The initial "attack" is a super fast ricochet since the bow is really thrown down and because there's such force and because it's so close to the string, the bounces are tiny. Then the flick of the hand after is more of a sautille. Interesting! To answer your question, I do think the control you'd gain doing a classical ricochet stroke would help with this as well.

Dianne
Posted: February 4, 2019
Interesting bow stroke! Because she is starting the bow stroke from the string and sort of throwing the bow down with the wrist, I think it resembles a bit of sautillé. The tension in the bow arm causes the bow to have that attack. What a great video.