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Sautillé is french for jumping.

Learning Concepts

  • Helps build a consistent and confident sound
  • Improves projection
  • Improves control of the entire bow, especially at the very frog and tip




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detache musicSautillé Instructions

  1. Repeat each note 8 times
  2. Find the "sweet spot" where the bow bounces by itself.
  3. this bow stroke sounds off but is really on the string. The stick bounces but the hair never leaves the string.
  4. Your hand has to be thrown by the big muscles (biceps and triceps).
  5. If it is not working try these four ways to fix it.
    1. Hold the bow with the index and ring finger (and the thumb) and throw the bow.
    2. Lower your shoulder and raise the elbow slightly, 3-4 inches.
    3. make sure your motion is up and down and not sideways.
    4. you may be in the wrong spot for the speed you are attempting. Try changing the speed or the spot of the bow.


Important Tips:

  • Start on the string in the middle of the bow.
  • Keep bow hair flat.
  • Let the hand be floppy thrown by the biceps and triceps.
  • Find the "sweet spot" by moving the bow up or down by 1/2 inch segments.
  • Work on getting a consistent sound and then for endurance.
  • Elbow higher and wrist lower.

Here's what it should look like:


Additional Practice

You can also practice sautille using Pagan perpetual motion, sinding suite, and Pagan Caprice No. 5

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