When playing To begin the note the bow grips the string followed by a release during the stroke. Aim for a short sound with lots of resonance. we look for a clear ‘click’ at the beginning of the note followed by the release of this ‘bite’, which results in a resonant sound.
The ability to play with a fast whole bow is important and it is also an excellent test of bowing health!
Just as the suspension in a car or bike needs to work well when travelling fast, the joints in the hand and the wrist joint need to be flexible enough to absorb any wobbles as we move quickly from the The end of the bow that houses the screw mechanism, where the hand holds the bow. (Also 'Frog' or 'Nut') to the tip.
Whole-bow martelé is also a good test of your ability to keep a stable The pathway of the bowstroke in relation to bridge and fingerboard. (keep your bow straight enough). Again the joints of the arm (shoulder ball-and-socket joint, elbow hinge and wrist) need to be flexible enough to move freely when required.