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Gordon Shumway
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The only thing I hate more than pizzicato is alternating pizzicato and arco.

So I was avoiding this piece, but this weekend I worked out some of the technicality and I may force myself to play it, as the technique crops up in orchestra occasionally.

And I'm glad I looked it up on youtube, as the woman here doesn't play it as notated - in the music it just says straight (up-bow) staccato, but she is mixing up with down.

(and she's got the same shoulder rest as me!)

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@Gordon Shumway - 

I was just playing along with a few other pieces on YouTube, so checked it out.

Everyone else I saw did all up bow staccato. 

Not sure if you've seen these - offering them up just in case you haven't. 

"Examiner and Violinist Jessica O’Leary shares her tips and tricks on this piece."  Pretty good tutorial hitting key points.

 

 

I haven't had much occasion to use pizzacato, so this video was interesting for me. 

Joy Lee - "5 Common Pizzacato Mistakes".  Joy addresses the fastest way to switch between pizzacato & arco.

 

 

🤔 ...one of the bow grip aides might make switching back & forth between pizzacato and arco easier. 

Best of luck with it. 😊 

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ELCBK said
Not sure if you've seen these - offering them up just in case you haven't. 

"Examiner and Violinist Jessica O’Leary shares her tips and tricks on this piece."  Pretty good tutorial hitting key points.

No, that was the only one I had looked at. I stopped there because it was a viable alternative to the obvious interpretations (I pizz with enough vigour to begin the staccato closer to the tip and avoid bowing near the heel). However, I like Jessica O'Leary - I've got two of her étude books - so I'll check her out. In fact I had already subscribed to her.

ABRSM used to publish printed advice on interpretation each couple of years as they updated the syllabus, but it makes more sense to do this via youtube videos instead.

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@Gordon Shumway -

https://guidetostrings.weebly.com/uploads/3/0/9/4/30944747/1402803592.jpg

 

Guess it's time I get serious & stop calling pizzicato, "pizzacato"! 🥴

Just wanted to thank you for taking me out of my comfort zone 🤨 up until now, I've avoided pizzicato like it was the plague. 

 

Found a spot in a tune I've been playing that's perfect for practicing pizzicato, instead of the staccato I've been using.  It's only 5 notes, but terribly awkward to immediately return to bowing.  Even though my grip doesn't really change, it's still uncharted territory for me, so it's been a great challenge! 

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Our orchestra plays a piece where we have two open G's then a page turn and straight into a legato upbow melody in the next bar. It's impossible with only one person per desk. What I do is play two left hand pizzicato G's while turning the page, then I'm as ready as I can be for the melody.

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