How do you play détaché bow strokes? What does the term mean? Détaché indicates smooth, separate bow strokes should be used for each note (it does not mean detached or disconnected). Notes are of equal value, and are produced with an even, seamless stroke with no variation in pressure. It is a bow stroke often used in the upper half of the bow.
LET'S TRY IT! Use the upper half of your bow to play the following open strings using a détaché bow stroke, eight quarter notes on each string, from open G to open E and back down again. If you're able to practice in front of a mirror, turn sideways so you can watch to make sure you're bowing in a straight line and that your bow remains parallel to the bridge and isn't veering off at strange angles.
Ready to try your détaché bow stroke with music? The following piece, Autumn from Vivaldi's The Four Seasons violin concerto, uses short, détaché notes throughout the piece. Need to review how to finger the music? Visit our Violin Fingering - Lesson Two. To play more of Vivaldi's Four Seasons, visit our free sheet music section and to find out more about Vivaldi, visit our Violin Class.
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