Vicki Richards

From the blog

String Players Got Rhythm! video example

Can Vicki play Dun Dun? (I was spotted in an African drum class)

“Can string players play with rhythm?” was the real question from a good drummer.
I replied, “Yes, of course.
It was fun! No one knows that I took
Percussion techniques class (timpani, mallets and percussion instruments) at Indiana University.

Even though we are thought of as melodic players, String players gotta have rhythm- it’s displayed in the bow arm.
It’s just that our rhythm is more of a horizontal motion than vertical.
Same arms, different stick-inner rhythmic sense-same.
Ya ought to have seen me play double cylinder shakers with my band in RI : )
Another thought- watch an orchestra violin or the whole string section. Notice the amazing ability to play rhythmically- all together, in unison and all the rhythmic complexities.

Add in the melodic notes, scalar passage work, arpeggios, dynamics, and phrasing to that precise rhythm =that’s what it takes to be a pro symphony player.

I saw the Cleveland Orchestra last night and the strings didn’t miss any of the 1000s of beats : )”

These 50 string players may remind you of “Drum Lines” or any large precision rhythm ensemble.
At 3:15 and later.

and 7:30 you can really see the precision!

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