Play Staccato Notes on Violin

If you are wondering how to play staccato notes on violin then you have come to the right place! There is a certain technique call Spiccato which is a bowing technique used often in string pieces. It consists of staccato notes (short notes) that are played while the bow bounces on and off the string for each note. Start by practicing the spiccato motion with just your bow arm. Hold your bow arm up and slowly draw a ‘U’ shape in midair with your hand. Do this back and forth several times. Then, try it again with your bow in your hand. The bow should be held horizontally, and the angle of the bow should not change as you draw the ‘U’ shape. (In other words, the bow will stay perfectly horizontal while you move it.) To practice spiccato with your instrument, begin on an open string. Hold the bow horizontally above the string, starting in midair. Draw the ‘U’ again — the bottom of the ‘U’ should bring the bow far enough down to touch the string and produce a sound. It should feel a little bit as if you are trying to land your bow on the string the way a jet would land on a runway…and then take off again! Be careful — the bow should only ‘bounce’ once.

Play Staccato Notes on Violin Practice Tips

Practicing your Spiccato technique at least 15 minutes a day will help you play staccato notes on the violin in no time! Take really easy pieces that you may have learned when you first picked up the violin and try playing staccato notes. You will be practicing your new technique as well as reviewing older material that will improve your staccato notes on the violin as well as note reading!

Jay Latulippe

Jay Latulippe

Jay is the program director at Let’s Play Music and make Art, LLC. He holds a degree in Music performance from the University of Missouri – Kansas City. He has authored over a dozen books including the popular piano series, Let’s Play Jazz and More! published by Santorella Publications.

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