Variation 26

ID 5342

Note This item ID5342 was deleted on 31/07/20.

Variation 26 is a march with many challenges for our bow division and control of ricochet.

In bar 4, we need to move from the frog to the middle to the point of the bow while phrasing off the musical line. Use a clear forearm stroke while opening the elbow hinge and some ‘forward and back’ bowing action to control the evenness and clarity of the ricochet at the point of the bow.  If we try and play ricochet stroke with too crooked a bow then there is too much change of string resistance (the string is tauter near the bridge and looser as you approach the fingerboard) and the ricochet becomes uneven.

The up bows in bars 9-16 pose an interesting challenge as we need to play four notes off the string with a change in rhythm, followed by one note legato, all in the same bow. Again freedom in the elbow joint and upper arm is important to maintain control. Using the side of the hair in the lower half will help control the height of the spiccato strokes and also help place the legato note on the string without bouncing.

VBT Forward and back bowing action