Here’s a secret they don’t tell you about joining a professional orchestra: over the years, your colleagues get younger and the jokes get funnier.
When you start out as a bright-eyed 20-something, you cast a wary eye at all the gray-hairs in the locker room and groan at their one-liners, most of which you’d swear came from the Sir Thomas Beecham era.
Then, by the time you’re in your 40s, you nod approvingly at the other family men… and now you’re the one telling the old yarns about characters real and imagined.
There’s that mythical Irish fiddler, for example, possessed of the finest bouncing bow strokes in all the land. We’ll often write his name in our music next to an appropriate passage:
The Way of the Fist
OK, Cobra Kai is hot right now, and since I loved the first Karate Kid, I’ll admit that I’ve binged all 3 seasons. And in the Cobra Kai dojo, they study the Way of the Fist:
- Strike first
- Strike hard
- No mercy
Our Way of the Fist for ricochet isn’t exactly the same… actually, it’s completely different. But I made a video that lays it all out.
This is closely related, by the way, to another video I made about how every off-string stroke has an on-string equivalent. So you may want to review that one as well.
The first six minutes go into the basic idea, and everything after that is only for you violin nerds… I go into the 4 Variables (not just 3 Variables!) of ricochet, and how they influence each other. By the end of this one, you’ll be able to handle any speed, at any volume, with any quality you choose: