April 17, 2016 at 11:26 pm #14997
Hi everybody, I’ve been practicing martele for two weeks now a couple of minutes per day. This is a new bow stroke for me and I was wondering if anybody of you could give me some advice/feedback on how to improve it. It really doesn’t sound that great… And I don’t want to keep practicing it while maybe I’m doing something wrong. What do you think?April 20, 2016 at 9:15 pm #15160
I think your Martele is actually sounding very good! I couldn’t tell from the angle of the camera, but maybe try playing it in front of a mirror to see if your bow is staying straight. The feel for a straight bow changes from string to string, so try in front of a mirror on each string.
JoannaApril 20, 2016 at 10:20 pm #15168
Hi Mariko! I’m sorry I didn’t see this sooner! I also think this is very good. Since this is not a music reading task, I would like to challenge you to put your eyes on the bow, where it touches the string. Keep your mind focused on the point of contact, or where the bow touches the string. As you move the bow, maintain that same placement. It may be difficult to keep your eyes looking so close to the strings, but if you keep trying, you’ll get more and more used to it. Alternate it with practicing your bow stroke with eyes closed and listening really carefully to the sound. Evaluate what you like and what you don’t like. Make changes as you do repeats.
For the bow stroke itself, if you were in my studio, I would ask you to allow more space between the notes played. In other words, allow more silence before you begin the next stroke. I want you to listen to the END of the stroke, too, especially within that silence. I want to hear the quality of sound at the END of the bow stroke. It should be open and sometimes it will even ring.
I would also request that you try using less weight into the string for the beginning impulse that produces that nice ‘K’ sound articulation at the start of each stroke. Instead, try speed. Still weight, but less. Add a little speed. So start the stroke fast and as soon as you hear it, slow the speed to a normal pace. Then stop, and listen to the end of the bow stroke. No ‘K’ sound here, right? ‘K’ sound only at the beginning. If you allow a bigger silence, you can determine if the ‘K’ it only at the beginning, and the end is ringing and open.
Good work! Five Lollipops for you!April 21, 2016 at 12:03 am #15184
Dear Joanna, dear Dianne, thanks so much for your feedback!! I’m glad you think it didn’t sound that bad. :-))
This is great advice and I appreciate it very much! I’ll be practicing martele with this in mind. I’ll let you know how things progress or if I get stuck with it. 😉May 6, 2016 at 2:17 am #15500
Just wanted to thank you again for the great feedback and advice. I’ve been practicing martele with this in mind and it’s starting to sound much better!! :-)))))May 7, 2016 at 1:09 am #15504
You are very welcome!