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  1. Long held notes for a string player, in a solo or small-chamber context: Is there any way to indicate "this point is where you change bow direction" OTHER than ending the existing note and starting a new note? I find players interpret a new note to mean I want some audible accent on that note -- that I want it clearly rearticulated -- even if I have a verbal indication in their part that they should make the smoothest bow changes possible. In my current piece I can't just say something like "bow changes as necessary, as smooth as possible" because I do have specific places where I want the bow changes to happen. This is even more of an issue in a piece with sustained double stops -- they'll need to change more frequently AND the changes can't be as smooth as with a single note (meaning it's even more important that they not have that instinct to accent any changes). What do you think -- should I just combine new notes and a really clear verbal request to change smoothly? (Assume I won't get to coach any of the players in person, and the players are excellent/pro level.)
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