Variation 27

ID 5339

A clear sautillé stroke needs a precise left hand as the fingers need to lift and fall at just the right time. Practice the left hand as double stops to begin with, ensuring that the fingers place together and ‘stop’ the strings with the appropriate amount of contact.  To further help clarity of the left hand you can also practice your sautillé stroke as double stops (for instance in bars 1-7, play sautillé on both G and D strings for every note).

When playing the sautillé stroke keep the string crossing action minimal as this helps maintain control as we repeatedly cross strings.

Make sure to practice the variants as some of the string-crossing patterns challenge our coordination. Practice with a variety of tempos and vary the amount of sautillé/détaché in your stroke to help your control.