Posted by Moonpie50 on Saturday, September 11, 2010
I love this fiddle more and more each day. I have been practicing and have been really having a hard time bowing. Sometimes I have a tendency to just wonder all over the place does anybody have suggestions on how to practice to perfect this problem? What can I do to make my bowing better?
Sunday, September 12, 2010 @8:09:49 AM
The usual suggestion is to practice long bows - slowly drawing the bow from the tip to the frog and back while paying close atttention to where the bow is touching the strings between the bridge and the finger board.
With most bow holds it's the index finger of the right hand that keeps the tip from wandering toward the scroll and the third finger of the right hand that keeps it from wandering towards your left shoulder. So, these two right hand fingers are responsible for keeping the bow perpendicular to the strings.
So, you need to keep the bow at the same position on the strings and also keep it perpendicular to the strings. Watching yourself practice these long bows with a mirror is probably the best way to check and see that the bow stays perpendicular to the strings - unless of course you can get somebody else to watch you practice this.
As an aside, you'll probably get more - and better advice - by posting this question on the forum. A lot of members don't read the blogs.
Sunday, September 12, 2010 @9:07:27 AM
It may seem counterintuitive, but you need to keep your bow thumb bent, though the variation in how much bend you put in can be great since there are so many variations in physiology. When the thumb is bent, the bow is contacting on the tip of your thumb, and it acts as a pivot point, allowing the bow to track straight and parallel to the bridge. When I started out, my thumb was hyperextended, and my bow was uncontrollable. Now my thumb is relaxed, and my bow tracks fairly straight.
Humbled by this instrument Says:
Saturday, March 19, 2011 @10:10:47 AM
Hey, glad you've met some folks with whom you can fiddle comfortably on Monday nights (jsut read your response to "Sharing Some Thoughts." Yep, that's the way to do it, methinks.
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