For Chelee Marie – The technique you need to master, from the very beginning, is stopping the bow. Why is stopping the bow so important to the beginner? Because during that stop, you cross the string, or set the finger and prepare. If you don’t stop the bow and allow for prep during the silence, your sound will be sloppy and slurpy. Remember, finger and bow do coordinate, but they don’t act at the same time. First the finger prepares, then the bow moves. They take turns. As you become more advanced, this coordination is imperceptible and that’s probably why so many beginners, especially self taught, don’t pick up on this important technique.