In martelé the bowhair grips the string at the beginning of each note.
This contact is released as soon as the bow begins to travel along the string.
Prepare left-hand fingers in advance.
In this excerpt from Kreutzer’s “Study No.7” Fintan uses practice breaks and the martelé stroke to improve whole-arm string crossing.
1. Three martelé strokes per note, with a break before the string cross.
2. One martelé stroke per note with a break before the string cross.
3. One stroke per note, with the break after the string cross.
4. Play as written with martelé strokes without breaks.
From Violin Bow Technique – purchase online at Twofold Media