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Nikki.Lower
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Hey Michael! Thanks for the tip. Quick question: the two dynamics you played in the video sounded like they were somewhere around a forte and maybe a mezzo piano. Are there any specific tips for creating the more extreme dynamics, like fortissimo or piano/pianissimo, without messing with the bow hold? For louder dynamics, my instinct is to use the larger muscle masses in my upper arm and shoulder to add more weight to the bow, and for softer dynamics I tilt my bow so less of the bow hair is making contact with the strings. Given my history with less-than-stellar bow holds, I’m disinclined to believe that my instincts are correct…. Also, for the softer notes, you used a shorter bow stroke. What should I do for long, sustained, quiet notes? Thanks again for the lesson!