- June 15, 2019 at 9:28 am #25132
Again related to the repetition lesson, I’m wondering if you could demonstrate this technique for right hand difficulties, for example on a challenging off-the-string passage. Practicing to address right hand techniques has always felt less intuitive to me.June 15, 2019 at 4:16 pm #25141
Hmm… there are few challenges that the right hand could be doing in an off-the-string passage, but if it’s the lack of clarity in the stroke, I would slow it down, isolate it to 2 notes and get them to sound like you want it to and add another note, and repeat.
If it’s the disorganization of the string crossings, I would again, slow it down, and play open strings on corresponding notes and let my bow know exactly where I need to be on which string, repeat, and work it up.June 18, 2019 at 6:25 pm #25257
Hello from Brevard, NC! Right, it is less intuitive I believe because the right hand is the basis for the sound. So when the left hand is the issue, it’s easier to at least make a good sound and imagine fixing the problem. When it’s the right hand, how do you even make that good sound?
Of course, slowing the passage down sometimes helps. But there are other right-hand practice techniques, for example for off-string passages it’s often the string crossings that are the issue. So you can play 4 notes (in tempo) instead of 1, then go to 3, 2, and eventually back to the single notes. All about somehow getting “successful” repetitions.
In the end, I do believe the right hand/arm is less complicated than the left. More big muscles, easy to see contact point, etc. We know what we have to do, in other words! Just need to do it many times, and separate the difficulties. Any particular passages you’re thinking of?June 19, 2019 at 5:48 am #25290
Again, thank you for these great responses! I noticed you demonstrate this in the Kreutzer 8 video for off the string stroke and crossings. Giving it a go this morning! The trouble I’m having is with the irst movement of Haydn 104. I loose bounce with string crossings, and finding a good contact point especially on D and A strings in 3rd and 4th positions is tricky for me.
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