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    Michael Sanchez
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    Here is a good video for you guys to watch to get some good tips about the violin bow hand.

    Let me know if you have any questions!

    #3505 Reply

    Tracye
    Keymaster

    Thanks for the reminder tip on the bow hold!

    #3509 Reply

    Meg
    Participant

    You must get tired to repeating this tip but we need to keep hearing it. I still sometimes forget to bend my thumb and now I am more aware of it, and catch it, and fix it. Thanks.

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    sumta
    Participant

    i’m sure, with all the years he has, he could doo most of his teaching useing just a sound board

    #3534 Reply

    Callie Johnson
    Participant

    Thanks! I have been focusing more on my bow hold and bowing technique for a couple of weeks and it has been an interesting experience. I now catch myself holding the bow wrong because I’m focusing on proper bowing, but I think I’ve made some breakthroughs in the past few days. I’ve been watching your videos related to these areas for a few weeks and this one in particular was helpful…it made it easier to quickly get the right hold. I appreciate all the videos/tips/lessons.

    #3535 Reply

    margaretellen
    Participant

    The throwing a ball analogy is very helpful! 🙂

    #3541 Reply

    Callie Johnson
    Participant

    I agree. The way he explained holding your hand in the most relaxed position helped me also. My most difficult obstacle has, so far, been proper bowing (I wasn’t ever using long bow/whole bow strokes). I started holding the bow wrong when I started focusing on my bowing skills. So frustrating. However, I finally have been relaxing and improving. My husband ordered me a new bow and I’m so excited, but a little scared to use it. 😀 My teacher kept talking about how a quality bow could make such a difference….I thought maybe she was hinting that I needed a new bow. My current one is really old, so I think it will be great to use this new one. I hope it is nice. I don’t know much about name brands, but it seemed to be a good quality bow sold by DZ Strad.

    #3550 Reply

    Michael Sanchez
    Keymaster

    Hey Callie, try not to be afraid of the bow as that can cause problems with creating a good sound. Many students tend to hold on to the bow tighter than they should because they feel they need extra security from dropping an expensive bow. The opposite is actually the case as holding the bow tighter makes the bow restricted and disallows it from doing it’s job. If you are scared of dropping the bow, go into a place where dropping the bow wouldn’t cause damage. The fact of the matter is you won’t drop it, but thinking that thought will hurt you. Maybe sit on your bed or close to a carpeted area. Remember the violin is holding the bow for you and it is up to you to guide it. No need to hold it for dear life! 🙂

    Thanks for your posts guys.

    #3670 Reply

    Chavah
    Participant

    Okay I just watched the bow holding clip. My question is, which finger is the dominant one to hold and guide the hand holding the bow for easy practise. Is it the pinkie or the index finger? How does the wrist moves along with fingers to move the bow?

    #3672 Reply

    Michael Sanchez
    Keymaster

    Good question! The index finger is definitely what should be guiding the bow back and forth. Take a look at this video to get the motion of the index finger.

    While you are playing the wrist is very flexible and adjusts to where you are at in the bow stroke. Here is a video that explains what the wrist should be doing and includes a good drill.

    All your other fingers should be relaxed including the pinkie which should be flexible on the stick. You shouldn’t press with it as it causes unwanted bow tension. Take a look at this pinky drill video to understand what the pinkie does in the stroke.

    All these videos were found in my Fiddle for Dummies video area. This is a free area that you can use to improve your skills without having to buy the book.

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