- One octave G, D, A
- Two octave G
- Double stops on each string pair, lower-upper-both, then upper-lower-both
- Trying to keep my torso still while bowing, which is hard
- More Blarney Pilgrim, mostly the B part
As per my last practice post I wanted to try the notion of doing slurs only on patterns of descending notes, to see what that told me about optimal bowing direction.
In the B part of Blarney Pilgrim, the note flow is a bit more complicated than in the A part, because it’s got this spike up onto the E string at the beginning of the first phrase, before swinging down onto the A and D strings and bouncing back and forth between them for a bit.
So there are bits of descending notes here. But the way they’re working, with the third note of a triplet actually being on the string crossing, this seems to play into what I saw the last practice with needing to put a slur only on the first two notes of any descending triplet.
If I try to play the whole descending triplet on a single stroke, this makes me run out of bow, and it also makes it more difficult to do the string crossing.
For example, the first phrase of the B part looks like this:
D-E-D D-B-G A-G-A B-G-E
The second triplet, D-B-G, and the fourth one, B-G-E, seem to be good places to drop slurs. So in theory the bowing might look like this if I do slurs on both of those triplets:
Down-Up-Down Dow-ow-own Up-Down-Up Dow-ow-own
But if I’m still bowing down when I try to go from the B down to the G in that second triplet, it seems like I run out of bow real quick. And the string crossing is more difficult.
That fourth triplet shakes things up a bit, though, because with that one, the string crossing is between the first and second notes, not the second and third.
So I need to experiment with this more. Possible optimal bow patterns here are:
Down-Up-Down Dow-own-Up Down-Up-Down Uh-Up-Down
Down-Up-Down Dow-own-Up Down-Up-Down Up-Dow-own