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    Michael has in his lessons seems to suggest that you should not be pressing too hard on the strings.. however , as usual when you get different opinions due to different styles.. you question..
    i read this on a how-to site.
    In general, most amateurs play with “wimpy” bow, or with too little bow weight, because they are afraid of making a scratch or a crunch. Don’t be afraid of making a screech! (True story: I once heard Perlman crunch in a live, sold out performance of 2,000 people. Did he cringe or stop or apologize? No! He just kept playing with a look of pure joy on his face.)
    Your very best sound is just one hair away from a great big crunch, and you will never know what your best sound is until you go too far and make a big ugly sound! Go ahead and experiment with how much bow weight your violin can take before it screeches. Use all the strength in your bow hand while still using a proper bow hand. If you ball your hand up in a fist and then use all your strength, then yes, you might break your violin or bow. But if you use a proper bow hand, you will not break your violin. Finding that sweet spot just this side of a crunch is just a matter of experimen- tation.

    they seem to suggest that you use a heavier weight onto the strings. sort of go to crunch mode….then back off..
    i find that if i am too light, my bow bounces … but i think thats what the index finger is there for, right ?

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    Michael Sanchez

    Hey Steve,

    The key is to not use the wrong muscles to press into the bow. That is what I’m always trying to explain in my lessons. Here are the muscles/concepts that cause a bounce if you use them to press into the bow:

    Grabbing the bow tight to achieve bow weight
    Thumb/pinky stiff to aid in pressing

    The key is to use the index finger while all the other muscles are relaxed. If you are doing this properly, you can actually press into the bow quite aggressively and not get a bow bounce or squeak. In bow physics terms, you need the bow to be as flexible as possible as you press into the strings. If you are using the index but the bow is stiff, then it won’t do what you want it to do. Each of these points are equally important.

    Check out these videos to further understand this concept.

    Prevent bad bow hold habits
    Motion of the Index Finger
    Index Drill
    The Wall Index Drill

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    wow.. those videos were great !… thanks so much…

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