Alrightee, folks! I just had another great discussion about getting started with RICOCHET bowing. So I wanted to share this exercise that will help you with this advanced bowing!
First try this exercise starting on the D string just below the middle of the bow. Start with your bow on the string with flat bow hair. If your wrist is turning the stick of the bow forward in the slightest, this won’t work. Now check your bow grip. Make sure the pinkie and thumb are curved. Now maintaining that, lift the bow up off the string about 2 inches above the D string.
Now hovering above the D string, lift the pinkie off the bow. The bow naturally drops back toward the D string. Don’t apply any pressure with the first finger of the bow grip. The bow naturally wants to bounce, right? Do this a few times, taking pinkie off, letting the bow drop from the tip end and bounce, putting pinkie back on, lifting the bow tip. Keep the arm in place.
Next, we add a little down bow motion. So when you pick up the pinkie, add a little down bow motion to it. Lift the pinkie, proceed down bow, the bow bounces. Stop and replace pinkie, carry the bow back up while above the string. Repeat. Repeat. Repeat.
This is the basic start. Next you need to learn to do this while leaving the pinkie on the bow. So while most of the work is being done in the back of the hand (bow grip), you must start by feeling that tension in the back of the hand and pinkie relax enough to allow the tip to drop to the string. Try it.
Keep the arm above the string about 2 inches. Keep the pinkie on the bow this time, but release its power enough that it drops the bow to the string. Several times, without the down bow motion. Flat bow hair.
Then practice with the down bow motion, a measured number of bounces, never pushing with the first finger. Try getting 2, 3, 4, and 5 bounces, then lift and recover, repeat. Let the bow do all the work. Stay near the balance point. The further toward the tip you start, the faster the bounces. Experiment with this. Try at the balance point. Try at the middle of the bow. Try almost at the tip. Each step closer to the tip, the bounces get faster.
Next add an up bow to the mix. Start at balance point so it will be slower and easier to control. Let the bow bounce twice on the down bow, then play up bow, ending with bow off the string. Let the bow arm move with the down bow a little. Next try the same bow pattern closer to the middle to do it faster. Don’t forget, flat bow hair. Next try the same process on all strings. Then try exercises that involve moving fingers for each bounce of the bow.
Good Luck with your Ricochet!