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What is meant by "playing off the string" ?

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Posted: February 11, 2012
Last Comment: February 11, 2012

Beth Blackerby
Posted: February 11, 2012
Suzanne, that technique is called spiccato. It's when we let the bow bounce up and down on the string (like dribbling a ball). When you take the vertical motion of the bounce and add a little horizontal motion with the arm, Voilą! Spiccato. I have some videos on training spiccato. Look for "spiccato" in the tags words column.

Posted: February 11, 2012

If you watch this video, she talks about it around minute 2.


Posted: February 11, 2012

Instead of leaving the bow flat on the string when you pull the bow accross, you can bounce the bow making a shorter more accented sound.