Martelé is French for hammered or with a hammer. You will learn how to play the Martelle bowing technique on the violin with this tutorial. This is played slow with no metronome and away from the bridge. Starting at the tip, using the upper half, throw the bow up bow going exactly to the middle of the bow. The sound should be exactly the same as collé ("T") just louder because you are using the entire upper half. Throw the bow up bow with the biceps. Do the same down bow starting exactly in the middle of the bow. Use triceps to throw the bow down bow. The martelle technique improves projection, articulation, and clarity. The fingers should be straight at the tip ready to be thrown up bow. The fingers should be round (especially the pinky) when being thrown down bow at the frog. Prepare the hand to be thrown in either direction. Always imitate the hard consonant sound of the "T". The down bow is a Martellé stroke. With this how to video you will be able to play the Martelle bowing technique on the violin.
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