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Dianne
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Should this bow stroke be bounced? Notice the performer plays it entirely on the string with no bounce. If you slow the video down you will hear no bounce at all. Notice the tutorial indicates a bounced stroke.



Dianne
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Posted: July 16, 2019
Last Comment: July 17, 2019
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Dianne
Posted: July 17, 2019
This was altogether fascinating and educational!

Elke Meier
Posted: July 17, 2019
Dianne, this is not about ricochet, but about Sassmannshaus: did you notice that my favorite violinist took a master class by Kurt Sassmanshaus?

Dianne
Posted: July 17, 2019
Thanks Elke. I thought that was what I was seeing (hearing). It is interesting how she makes it her own by changing the bow stroke to be on the string. I wonder if she thinks it is more tasteful that way in her interpretation.

Elke Meier
Posted: July 17, 2019
I think you are right, Dianne: she does not bounce it. In the masterclass section he shows between :44 and :45 the difference between legato and ricochet. There is a clear distinction between the two in the sound. Hilary Hahn's sounds to me like pure legato all the way through.

Dianne
Posted: July 17, 2019
I think you are right that it is a bouncing stroke. Did you notice that Hilary Hahn doesn't seem to come off the string? She is the only performer I have noticed that I don't think does come off the string, unless as you say it is so fast that it just sounds like articulation but is really a bounced stroke. I slowed down her video and didn't hear the bounce and I can't see the bounce. Would love to hear your ideas on what she is doing.

Elke Meier
Posted: July 17, 2019
Dianne, it definitely SOUNDS bounced. I think the  bounce is just so fast and the video recording of the performance so bad that you cannot see it. But you can hear it. Compare it to the beginning when he played it legato - sounds completely different.