The art of beautiful and smooth phrases - learn the technical details to make your dreams come true!
Strive for even bow distribution and bow speed.
Prepare your left hand on the new string before the string crossing.
Move your bow towards the new string early for a smooth string crossing.
Practice an 'airplane landing' at the beginning of a bow stroke, and avoid accents during string crossings.
Pay attention to:
Use simple or complicated rhythm to train the coordination of both hands in long legato passages.
In fast legato runs, your articulations and rhythms are created by Finger Dropping and Lifting, Shifting, and String Crossing.
String Crossing and Shifting
Left Hand: Lift your finger and perform the shift on the old string; place the new finger on the new string and vibrate.
Right Hand: Lift about 50% of the bow pressure while you lift your finger before the shift, maintaining your bow speed to avoid disrupting the legato.
Observe how different sounding points can create beautiful dynamic change and special colors.
Violin, Brittany MacWilliams
Piano, Ina Ham.
Violin, Su Yeon Lee
Starling Chamber Orchestra.
Violin, Leah Johnston
Piano, Ina Ham