I actually have a problem of using too much bow, at least that’s what my teacher said. And I tend to play at the tip of the bow. I do go back down to the frog when it goes from upbow to downbow, but most (sometime) time when I am playing I am more on the upper half of the bow. Good video by the way!
I’m being told a lot to use more bow by my violin and orchestra teacher (not so much my violin teacher anymore). I use way more bow than I used to, but still not enough. I find that I can get to the tip of the bow, but not to the frog, unless I was just reminded. Even then I don’t get there because it feels awkward when I get that close. Any tips?
I recently accompanied my niece to her violin lesson. One of the things her teacher was focusing on was the Speed of her bowing – particularly on the up bow. This was specific to the piece, nevertheless, quite helpful to observe and learn from his instruction.
My teacher told me I wasn’t using enough bow, but I feel like my inability to relax my hands was preventing me to us the whole bow. After doing the quarter drill that Mike shared for 2 weeks, I am now able to use the whole bow comfortably. That and just having a luthier adjust my bridge for better sound has produced a wonderful sound from my violin. My wife has taken notice of it.