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ric-o-chet: to rebound at least once from a surface

Become a true virtuoso by learning to control fast bouncing notes!

Completely relax your bow grip in order to let the bow bounce by itself.

To bounce slowly, throw the bow near the balance point.

To bounce faster, throw the bow closer to the tip.

The higher the bow bounces, the slower it will play.


Relax your bow grip and hold your wrist higher than usual.

Slam your wrist down between the middle of the bow and the balance point.

Count 8 notes in the ricochet.


To start a ricochet without raising the bow, raise your right wrist during the up bow.

Drop your wrist very fast when your bow is between the middle and the balance point.

Keep your thumb relaxed, and don't actively lift the bow off the string.


Combine ricochet motion and string crossing:

Establish the stroke on the G-string.

Add the string crossing motion, led by the upper right arm.

Combine the two motions.

Listen for the top 2 notes and the bottom 2 notes.


Master Classes
Practice 4 notes on a down bow followed by 4 notes on an up bow on an open string.

Include the string crossing motion of your right arm.


For long scales, lift the bow after a down bow, pause briefly, and throw the bow again on the up bow.

Work on progressively eliminating the break between the strokes.


To slow down the stroke, move lower in the bow.

Listen to the two top notes on the E-string and the two bottom notes on the G-string.


Violin, Jonathon Miron

Starling Chamber Orchestra.

Violin, Yang Liu

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