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Détaché bowing

Updated: Sep 30, 2023

Detache bowing is a basic violin bowing technique that involves playing one note per bow stroke, with a slight separation between the notes.


It is different from legato, which means playing smoothly and connectedly, and from staccato, which means playing short and detached. Detache bowing can be used to create a clear and even tone, and it can be varied in speed, pressure, and length of the bow stroke.


There are also different types of detache bowing, such as accented detache, grand detache, and finger detache, which have different effects on the sound and expression of the music



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Some examples of violin pieces that use detache bowing are Bach’s Partita in E major, Paganini’s Caprice No. 16, Saint-Saens’ Violin Concerto No. 3, and Mozart’s Violin Concerto in D major. You can listen to some recordings of these pieces by clicking on the links below:


Bach’s Partita in E major


Caprice No. 16


Saint-Saens’ Violin Concerto No. 3


Mozart’s Violin Concerto in D


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Chris Caton-Greasley LLCM(TD) MA (Mus)(Open)

Ethnographic Musicologist, Teacher, Researcher

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