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Violin Lessons: Martelé

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Martele is a stroke that
has a start and a stop to it.
Now that start and stop comes from
pressure from the bow onto the string.
That pressure comes from the lever.
Created by the thumb and the first finger.
So I always like to think of it as the
thumb pushing up into the leather or
up into this thick.
That's what sets the bow on the string so
you can see this thick getting closer to
the hair.
That's the pressure on the string.
When I release that
I get a sound.
So that's the Martele with a stop,
a start and a stop.
Now what you want with the Martele is
a clean sound with no extra noise.
If you're getting extra noise at the
that means you're not fully releasing.
[SOUND] And if you're getting noise at the
end of course,
you're not cleanly stopping the sound.
[SOUND] So here's a clean Martele.
Now, as you get faster and
faster with the Martele,
there will come a point where there's not
really a full stop in between the notes.
One note's end is the next note's
So, you'll have to find that speed.
There'll be a feeling in the hand when
it's not two distinct stops,
but just beginning, beginning, beginning.
That's the more musical version
of Martele the one that's used more often.
And it can use different amounts of bow.
And it can have more or
less taper.
You'll want to develop the whole range of
Martele and then you'll also wanna be
able to do it, repeated notes in the same
direction in the bow.
The etude to build that
up is criteria number four.
So if you send me a video of a basic
Martele what I'd like
to see is a scale in Martele.
Then if you're able a little faster so
that one note goes into the next.
Then I'd like to see it repeated in the
same direction.
And then you will have
found many uses of the Martele.