Day 123 ABC of #100daysofpractice!
Playing around with some Vivaldi Winter just for fun because ya know - it's that time of year 😄 I've written out some tips on spiccato since I get asked for help with that technique a lot. I know, I know.. I need to make a YouTube video.. 😪
The end of this video includes an old video I posted once to demonstrate the hand, arm, and finger motion used in spiccato. Find more tips and tricks under #chloesviolinlessons!
1. Each bow has a similar but slightly different bouncing point. You can find the bouncing point on yours by balancing your bow on one of your index finger. Wherever you can get the bow to balance is where it will bounce the best.
2. Spiccato is something the bow does almost entirely by itself. The bow is designed to bounce. Of course you need to be there to hold it and give it some horizontal motion, but the rest it pretty much does on it's own. Try holding your bow slightly above the strings near the middle then let your bow drop onto the strings but without any horizontal arm motion. You will notice the bow wants to bounce without your help. Getting used to the feeling of dropping your bow onto the string and letting it bounce freely will actually help your spiccato a lot once you learn to combine that feeling with a firm but flexible bow hold.
3. Your right hand should be slightly tilted/rotated towards the pinky. Another way to phrase this is lean the weight of your hand towards the pinky rather than the index finger. Putting weight into the index finger is what helps you create a smooth and continuous tone. Taking the weight off of the index finger will allow your bow to do the opposite and bounce more naturally.
4. Finger motion is required for spiccato but the main motion comes from your arm (I slowed down the 16th notes while playing to demonstrate this). Remember the basic motion of bowing in the middle which is opening and closing your arm from the elbow. Spiccato is simply making that motion smaller and faster until the bow jumps off the string. You use your fingers to play, but like legato bowing you only move them enough to keep your bow straight. Your arm does the rest.
Happy Practicing! ❤️