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off or on the string?

Discussion in 'Orchestral Technique [DB]' started by mike_odonovan, Jan 26, 2005.

  1. how do you know when to play a stoccato note with a bouncing bow vs. just stopping the bow to create the shortness of the note?
  2. Johnny L

    Johnny L

    Feb 14, 2002
    Victoria, TX
    It depends ultimately, I think, on what you are capable of and how the leader (composer, conductor, principal, musicologist, your favorite player's style, you?) wants it to sound.

    Mozart? Bounce that bow like a basketball and wow the crowd!
  3. a. meyer

    a. meyer

    Dec 10, 2004
    portland, oregon
    It also depends on the tempo. If the music calls for, say, piano staccato eighth-notes separated by rests at 50 b.p.m., a bouncing bow will be wildly inappropriate. On the other hand, there's a limit to how fast you can produce staccato by lifting the bow.
  4. now i'm a bit confused. is off the string (bounce) better for slow or fast passages of stoccato?
  5. a. meyer

    a. meyer

    Dec 10, 2004
    portland, oregon
    Off-the-string works best for fast passages. If you're trying to play slow and piano with an off-the-string stroke, you add the "thump" of the bow hitting the string to your sound and then you ain't playing piano anymore.