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Hi Beth,

While listening to you, Hillary Hahn, and others play a song there 'feels' like a push to the next note.  Like a good page-turning novel you just have to know where the story is going.  The listener also knows that the last note is the last. 

So my question is there a technique that we could use so that our songs have a similar 'push' or inevitability about them?



3 Responses
Posted: March 4, 2012
Last Comment: March 5, 2012

Anne aMaudPowellFan
Posted: March 5, 2012
This is very astute, Ray. It ties into what Simon wanted me to do more of with Legende, as far as I understand. Nice to have it stated in different words.

Posted: March 4, 2012

Thanks for the quick response Beth.  Looking forward to your next broadcast.  : )

Signing Off,


Beth Blackerby
Posted: March 4, 2012
Ray, I like the way you've described the technique of sustaining the bow and the slight crescendo at the end of the bow stroke.  I especially like your term "inevitability". The "push" you hear isn't necessarily done all the time, but is used often to connect one note to the next, particularly in lyrical passages. We also talk about giving a phrase" direction", and that's what you're hearing. Its a way to utilize bow technique to propel the melody forward in terms of dynamic expression.  It keeps the listener glued to the performance. Otherwise, a melody can sound stagnant, or directionless. 

Take a look at the videos on expressive playing (topic: Tone production and expressive technique), especially # 4, 5, 6, 7)