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Violin Lessons: Collé

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Colle is an interesting stroke,
it's done entirely with the actions of the
fingers of the bow.
The flexing of the fingers, catches the
string and releases it.
So an up bow Colle, starts with the
fingers more extended.
[SOUND] And then flexing them releases the
almost like a pizzicato, called it
pizzicato of the bow.
[SOUND] Down bow of course,
starts like this and releases that way.
[SOUND] So useful exercises to keep the
hand and
arm exactly in the same place and
do repeat it downs and ups.
What you're after again, is a clean sound,
one that sounds [SOUND] as much like a
pizzicato as possible.
[SOUND] The hand and the arm stay in the
same place,
the fingers make the stroke.
Now, what's especially useful in real
pieces of music.
Is the repeated up bow Colle, and for this
since the bow is coming off the string
each time the challenge is to get it set
back on the string for the next release.
Many people get stuck trying to
reset the bow and then release it again.
What you want is a real rhythm where the
circle that you make with the bow to bring
you back to the same spot is in rhythm
with the notes that you wanna play.
So, rather than waiting.
[SOUND] I would make a bigger circle.
So that the instant the bow touches down
on the string,
I'm already set for the next Colle note.
For a faster tempo,
I'd simply make a smaller circle.
Now, you can also do this where the bow
So, when you send me a video for
Colle I'd like you to do a simple
demonstration of the Colle.
Both up and down.
And I'd like you to show it to me in all
parts of the bow because it is still
possible to do it way up here, although
it's a challenge.
And of course at the frog.
And then I'd like you to show me traveling
down the bow on up bows with repeated up
bow Colle.
You'll find these very useful as you
progress through the repertoire.