Sautille

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Eleanor Bennett said: Jan 9, 2013
 
Suzuki Association Member
Violin, Viola
Villa Rica, GA
62 posts

Does anyone have any ideas for teaching sautille.

Eleanor Bennett

Eleanor Bennett

Rose Lander said: Jan 10, 2013
 
Suzuki Association Member
Violin
55 posts

dear eleanor,
i found the best way to research technical problems is the internet. i just looked up sautille and hit the jackpot! clear, logical, and the advantage of seeing the action are incomporable!
best, rose lander

Paula Bird said: Jan 10, 2013
 
Suzuki Association Member
Violin, Piano, Viola
Wimberley, TX
386 posts

Yes I do! I got it from Ronda Cole. Have the students alternate between the D and a strings with out moving the wrist. Just use the knuckles. Gradually speed up the alternation, keeping the knuckle movement, until the student is playing it as fast or close to as fast as the sautillé.

While the student maintains that motion with the knuckles, have the student gradually let go of the D string but keep playing the same motion and movement and everything on just the A string. Voilà!

Sorry for the weird typos, I was dictating in the car.

Paula E. Bird
TX State University
Wildflower Suzuki Studio
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http://teachsuzuki.com (podcast)

André said: Jan 10, 2013
André AugensteinViolin, Piano
55 posts

Midlle Bow
Greetings

Violin Student(International Suzuki Association) in Germany 1987
Violin teacher (International Suzuki Association) in Dublin 1995

André said: Jan 10, 2013
André AugensteinViolin, Piano
55 posts

better: or means arch

Violin Student(International Suzuki Association) in Germany 1987
Violin teacher (International Suzuki Association) in Dublin 1995

Mircea said: Jan 10, 2013
Mircea Ionescu
Suzuki Association Member
Violin, Suzuki in the Schools, Viola
Crestwood, KY
23 posts

Dear Eleanor,

Mrs. Bird’s idea is good one and so is watching videos online. Another exercise that Dr. Terry Durbin has passed on to me is to start on any open string with a staccato bow stroke, speed up to brush stroke, then speed up to spiccato near the middle of the bow, speed up to sautille. This has been helpful to build up to that stroke. Best regards!

Eleanor Bennett said: Jan 24, 2013
 
Suzuki Association Member
Violin, Viola
Villa Rica, GA
62 posts

Many thanks for the ideas on sautille. I am using all of them to help my students. Also found a good one on the Kurt Sassmenhaus website. Start with a tremolo at the tip, work your way to the middle and sometimes, if everything goes right, you have a sautille.

Eleanor Bennett

Alexandra said: Mar 13, 2013
Alexandra Jacques
Suzuki Association Member
Violin
Mesa, AZ
35 posts

Have them try it while holding the bow with a fist. It sounds crazy, but it’s how my teacher in college teaches spiccato and sautille, and it works! It will show them how the movement is in the forearm, and force them to let gravity do some of the work. Once they do that for a minute or two and get used to it, switch back to the correct bow hold.

Sue Hunt said: Mar 17, 2013
Sue Hunt
Suzuki Association Member
Viola, Violin
390 posts

I once heard Sheila Nelson say that sautille is like brushing your teeth (up and down, not side to side).

Emily said: Sep 22, 2013
 59 posts

“Have the students alternate between the D and a strings with out moving the wrist. Just use the knuckles. Gradually speed up the alternation, keeping the knuckle movement, until the student is playing it as fast or close to as fast as the sautillé.”

Fantastic idea! I will also be using this from now on, thanks!

Emily Christensen
Music Teacher & Writer
www.musiceducationmadness.org

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