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Dianne Adkins

Yes, I like this a lot better too! I’m kind of fanatical about tone, so it’s hard to critique something on electric violin with no amplification. I LOVE your left hand position Vyshakh. It allows you to play very well in tune. Congratulations on a lovely left hand position!

Depending on your teacher, you might get different advice about the bow grip. I have studied this a little bit, because I noticed Michael’s video on how to hold the bow and the function of some of the fingers differs from what I advise my own students and the way my teachers taught me to hold the bow. It seems you are following a similar approach to Michael’s recommendations. I recently watched a video by Itzhak Perlman addressing bow grip finger placement very specifically. I learned that placing the first finger closer to the palm, past the middle knuckle, is from the Russian school of violin.

Perlman places his first finger further out on the finger, between the first and second knuckles (starting from the fingertip). This is the Franco-Belgian bow grip. I prefer this bow grip for many, many reasons. One of the main reasons is that it allows the player to drop the bow elbow below the bow stick and keep the bow arm wrist joint flat. You should never have an extreme bend in the wrist, nor ever tilt the hand down below the bow arm. This bent wrist becomes most extreme when playing near the frog. For beginning violin players, the Russian bow grip often stiffens the bow arm and causes them to lock the elbow and play from the shoulder joint. This is obviously not a problem for you. I see the elbow opening and closing very nicely in spite of a bent wrist.

Does your bow arm often get tired? I would recommend that you try rolling the first finger back on the stick, and let the elbow drop and relax. This will allow you to strengthen the back of the bow grip hand, round off the pinkie and thumb, as well as use the weight of your arm for tone production when you play on an acoustic violin. For advanced bowings this will be a big pay off.