Posted by Moonpie50 on Tuesday, May 17, 2011
After spending almost everyday the past week or so going over nothing but bowing, right hand techniques, bow grip and string crossings. I think that I finally got it!!!! As stated in a previous blog....I purchased the Gordon Stobbe "Twelve things Your Right Hand Should Know". As he explains it in the video the right hand "has very little vocabulary", and the total vocabulary that most people have is down & up. These are some of the things that I have actually learned over the past 2 weeks.
1. Bow Grip: The bowing movement and energy all starts at the finger tips and moves into the arm. All the fluid motion from the arm and wrist should begin with the fingers. You want a nice loose bow grip with all the fingers bending and flexing. By locking your fingers and knuckles in the and and not flexing slows your bow speed down. You bow from the wrist and elbow to get the fluid motion.
2. To develop your bow stroke to be straight up and down. You should have all your fingers flexed and the wrist should lead on the way up and the heel of the hand pushing on the way down. While bending and flexing your fingers while bowing. Always attempting to keep your hand turned over as if you were looking at your watch. The long strokes comes from the elbow and the short strokes comes from the wrist. This will help you to play quicker notes in the end. Teach your right hand to do this and then leave it alone, and your right hand will eventually perform on its own.
Tuesday, May 17, 2011 @5:39:54 AM
Thanks for posting this. Some years back I started trying different bow grips and wasn't getting anywhere In desperation I went back to the way my dad used to hold his and it was just perfect. Everything fell into place. The discription upbove matches how he held his bow.
Tuesday, May 17, 2011 @7:00:18 AM
Thanks. I just added that to my wishlist.
Tuesday, May 17, 2011 @2:21:40 PM
By George, I think you've got it!
Tuesday, May 17, 2011 @4:28:57 PM
i just ordered the bow buddy this should help keep my rigth hand loose and improve my grip so i can play better
Tuesday, May 17, 2011 @5:31:08 PM
Its amazing how quickly I caught on to it after watching someone who is a true old time fiddler explain it. It was well worth the money and time invested. It is definately a keeper DVD to add to my other stuff.
Tuesday, May 17, 2011 @7:18:36 PM
I got the same dvd a couple months back, and love it, after 3 1/2 years of being stiff I've loosened up. I highly recommend it also
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