Many years ago I asked a colleague, “how do you practice spiccato?” He answered, “Oh, I practice it off and on.”
I assumed that meant “now and then”, so I asked, “OK, but how?”
“I practice it off and I practice it on!”
I had to laugh. I was pretty sure I understood, but I like details! So to be sure, I asked for a demo. This new video is an expanded version of what we went over that day, filtered through many years of practicing and teaching the “off and on” method.
This method involves some experimenting with the “3 Variables”: bow speed, pressure, and contact point. If you need a refresher, head on over to this article and download the free guide that goes with it. It will make the “off and on” method much easier and more rewarding.