Dear all, I’m struggling with the concept of starting each note from the string (when it comes to off-the-string passages) versus starting only the first note from the string to get the bouncing going and then just continuing to bounce. I’m guessing it’s a case-by-case question, and that tempo is a factor, but I have trouble deciding what to do, and that gets me into trouble. Thanks for your help!
Basically, I find the string when there’s time to do it. The trouble comes in those “in-between” tempos where it could potentially go either way. I know that in our recent class with Bob DeMaine, he was a big proponent of finding the string much more often than I would. I would chalk that up to personal preference, but also the fact that cello strings are much thicker and don’t respond well to “glancing” blows!
A good example is the opening of Mozart 4, where we have quarter at approx. 120. The 8th notes in the opening I would play from off, not finding the string in between. I might have time, but then I’d get a noisier character.
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