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    I had a church orchestra piece in which we had to hold a note over 16 measures. How do I change bow direction and keep an even tone? I can always hear when I change directions on the held note, but I noticed others were able to change direction without a change in the tone. Are there exercises to practice for this?

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    Michael Sanchez

    Hey Caroll. I actually have a detailed chapter in my Fiddle for Dummies book regarding “bow anticipation,” which is an important part of how to get a continual tone. If you don’t have the book, I suggest checking out a few of these videos which will explain and drill the concept of keeping the bow moving continually.

    Motion of the Index Finger – Good for understanding how the index continually should be moving the bow.

    The Index Drill – Good for building muscle memory with the index finger.

    The Wall Index Drill – Good for restricting other muscles from getting in the way of smooth transitioning.

    Let me know if you have any questions!

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    Thanks! I will check it out!

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