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When I use the bow on my double bass and play staccato notes, should I lift the bow in order to make the duration shorter or not?

Sometimes I lift the bow and sometimes I just 'let go' of the note I hold with my left hand, but I'm not sure which one is the correct way to do it.

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There is a difference between "on the string" staccato and "off the string" staccato with a host of subtle variations (such as spiccato, slurred-staccato, martele, and many others.)

The type of staccato you use depends on the context and the sound that either your or someone else is looking for.

I would consult a bass player for the correct way to perform either type of staccato.

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I'll be honest: I'm not a double bass player. However, from my observation of those who are, I can say that lifting the bow seems to be 'the done thing'.

A quick Google of 'double bass staccato' gave me this: http://www.talkbass.com/forum/f5/staccato-bowing-579305/

I trust that will be of more use to you.

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It'd be nice to quote some of that info to your answer. –  Ivan Ivković Mar 25 at 16:56
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@IvanIvković Perhaps you're right. At the time, I thought posting a link would be easier for asker, but I can see where you're coming from. –  Poben Mar 25 at 17:53

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