Bow control is so important, and the things you learn about it from the staccato stroke carry over to many other bow strokes: detache, accents, marcato, spiccato, hooked bows, loure, etc. Staccato teaches you how to control bow speed and contact point, as well as how to grab and release the string through the bow hair using your fingers. The following video goes into detail about staccato, and is the first of a four part series. I suggest watching the entire series, it is SO good!! Visit Youtube and watch the rest!!
Now for the viola, cello, and bass sections. In Sinfonia, you have to perform spiccato, which is a short stroke that comes off the string using the bow's natural bounce. The next video has excellent practice strategies that you can implement easily at home (we will try them in class too!). Often when we are learning a new concept on our instruments, we combine it with old concepts. This allows us to really concentrate on the new parts while the older parts are on auto pilot. You can also add spiccato to your scales, arpeggios, and thirds. Remember to smile, and happy practicing!!!