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Spiccato Introduction

Spiccato is an off the string bow stroke. It is called a variety of different names depending on the speed, character, and musical context, including: controlled bounce, brushstroke, thrown bow, saltando, or sautille, The bowing prerequisites to learning spiccato are control of the detaché and Martelé strokes.


Playing spiccato requires a relaxed bow hand, free from tension. A teacher should review the basic strokes and bow hold when introducing spiccato.

 

POSTURE INSTRUMENT SIZINGINSTRUMENT POSITION

BOW HOLDBOW STROKE INTERMEDIATE RIGHT HAND SKILLSADVANCED RIGHT HAND SKILLS

LEFT HAND POSITIONSHIFTINGVIBRATOADVANCED LEFT HAND SKILLS

 

 
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