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Dianne
Beth and VLab members, can you tell me how best to play the 3 dotted notes at he beginning of each measure? I have seen this played 3 different ways on YT videos. One of the videos showed what looked like a lightly bounced up bow spiccato using a small amount of bow in the lower 3rd to mid bow. The others played this very percussively using a lot of bow.
Dianne
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Posted: July 3, 2019
Last Comment: July 3, 2019
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Elke Meier
Posted: July 3, 2019
Dianne, I play this as up-bow staccato. It is then not forte, as it is marked here. But since this is an etude I feel it is for LEARNING things, not necessarily for making it sound a certain way. Well, if it can sound musically on top, that is wonderful. And I do like the sound of this etude :). But my feeling is that for this etude she wants us to learn to do double stops with a light bow. For the ones before (and especially the one directly before) I tended to have a heavy and controlled bow to be able to do the double stops. Beth had corrected that in one video and told me that I didn't have to press down so and that a loose bow hand would find the two strings much more easily than a tight one. When I started this it was the contrast between the light up-bow staccato and the following double stop that even showed me how unnecessarily heavy and controlled my bow had been before. Sure, the double stop needs more hair than the staccato notes, but for me this is a wonderful exercise in keeping a light bow in the double stops. And for instantly releasing again the slight amount of extra pressure one needs in the double stops.