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    Michael, I have viewed all of the videos you linked to the “Bow to String Pressure” section on this forum, but I am still having trouble. I can see what you demonstrate on your videos, and I understand the concepts, but I cannot execute “delicate” movement to the index to guide the bow like a “feather” across the strings. Perhaps this simply requires more practice, but I wondered if you had additional tips. When I try to do this, the bow feels very top heavy and I feel like I may drop it.

    Thanks in advance for your help.

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    Michael Sanchez

    Hey SMS! Your issue could be a lot of different things. Some beginners that have a light bow hold and do guide the bow with the index still use too much shoulder/arm in the stroke. To counter this, make sure you are bending your wrist as much as possible when you are coming up-bow (from the tip/end to the frog where you are holding the bow). Try to also watch your right elbow when you play. When you are on the same string, it should only move slightly at the beginning of the stroke, and then be still for the rest of the stroke. If you find your elbow is moving constantly throughout the stroke, then you are using too much arm (and shoulder) to bow.

    It is equally important to not use other muscles to bow while holding the bow. Think of the index and bow hand as your shoes tied tight before running a race—if you have them tired tight you are going to run a great race! But what would happen if you had a 100 pound backpack to carry while you are trying to win the race? The backpack has to do with the shoulder and elbow movement which has to be as relaxed as possible, and not be used to guide the bow.

    The best thing you could do is post a video. I will be able to see exactly what you are doing and pinpoint how to improve. You don’t have to show your face! You can take it on your phone, post it on Youtube, and then embed it in the video feedback area. You will be amazed at how much I’ll be able to help you just by you playing a few notes. Just a thought!

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