Violin Bow Slur
An English dictionary will tell you that slur means to perform different notes or pitches in a smooth and connected manner. So, how do we translate the English definition into violin language? Easy, by completing a violin bow slur! If only it was that easy in the beginning. Have you ever tried the pat your head while rubbing your belly challenge? It takes excellent focus and the ability to separately control both hands. The same could be said for slurring the bow.
Slurring means that you change notes with your left hand but your right hand (bow hand) doesn't change direction. Once learned it becomes second nature, but can give beginner violinist a headache.
Slurring is often used in pieces or movements meant to sound peaceful, calm, and tranquil. Watch the violin lesson online video below for more detailed instruction on how to complete a violin bow slur.
The symbol placed above notes that are meant to be slurred looks like an upside down smile face. Connect all notes that are at either ends of the slur symbol and in between.