How to Make Your Bow Jump on Purpose (Spiccato)
I am learning how to play Irish jigs and there is a funny thing that is done with the bow: it sounds like a skip (I don’t know the tech name for it… sorry). I can do it on accident, but not on purpose…
Question: How do I do it on purpose?
Making your bow jump on purpose is called ‘spiccato’.
This is important when learning spiccato and I will explain how to do it in the below video:
- Bow hold (normal or different from normal?)
- Relaxed, balanced and flexible bow hand fingers
- Basic bowing technique: motion in your bow hold while bowing (spring system!)
- Find the right place on YOUR bow (just a bit above the balance point)
- Pivot the bow a bit
- Find the natural jump of the bow, don’t work too much
- Don’t practice too slow
- Don’t jump too high, stay close to the string
- Skipping, no chopping
- Leave the string or not?
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