Posted by bj on Thursday, June 19, 2008
Thursday, June 19, 2008 @1:39:37 PM
Ahh the TUF grip. I have been down that road, got off that road and am still thinking about getting back on it. LOL Being a newbie is a dad bern struggle isnt it. I have noticed the exact thing you noticed. When I use the classical grip I cannot do anything but play with the bow flat on the strings. When I use the TUG gripp I can tilt the bow and catch the edge of the strings for a finer sound. But, when I use the TUF grip I dont seem to bow as well as I do with the classic grip. Ahhhh, bj when you figure this stuff out let me know!!
Thursday, June 19, 2008 @2:06:28 PM
But what's right for me might not be right for you!
I was quite simply amazed at how comfortable that grip is for me. So much so that I have to hook my pinky over the end of the screw just a bit to keep the bow from sliding in my grip -- I'm THAT relaxed in it. If you didn't have that same feeling with TUF, then maybe it isn't the grip for you.
Find the one you can relax in. Even if it's a fist balled up around the dang stick (yes, I've seen this in a video of a great granny playing. It was awesome, and amazing how much control she had of that thing! And against all advice of anyone I've ever heard talk about bow grips!) Relaxing into the groove makes the sound better. If you tighten up, so does the sound. THAT much I've learned so far. Of course, everything else has to be good as well, but you have a better chance of pulling good tone if you're relaxed.
Of course, you realize that me giving you advice is a bit of the blind leading the blind . . .
Thursday, June 19, 2008 @4:35:09 PM
I'm a recent convert to the TUF grip. Once I relaxed with it, I discovered that just a slight tilt forward by my bow hand resulted in a huge amount of extra control over the tone. A similar motion like revving a motor cycle or changing gears on a bicycle.
Thursday, June 19, 2008 @4:40:54 PM
Also wanted to mention the sweet spot on a bow... balance your bow on your index finger to determine where the bow's sweet spot is. That would be the center of gravity. I've found that using the bow equidistant from that balance point has a better effect than just using the 'middle third' of the bow, as many newbies are taught. Each bow will be different and knowing where that point is on your particular bow can give you much better handling and leverage. That means you have to apply less pressure and you can let the bow glide more at will. This will improve your tone.
Friday, June 20, 2008 @8:30:09 AM
Thanks, FiddleJammer! It was pretty amazing to me when I went to the TUF grip, coupled with the looser bow hair, that this "finding the sweet spot on a bow" more or less happened automatically, since I was so relaxed into the grip and using the weight of the bow, instead of bearing down and trying to force things. The best point on the bow hair sounds sweetest when it's riding there relaxed, so that's where I automatically started playing more when I went to that grip. Though I also am experimenting with longbow moves, if for no other reason than to end on the downstroke. I'm still working on that and find myself sometimes belaboring the bow rhythms to get there.
I'm very happy with this grip. The only thing I've found to be an issue is that I'm a bit bolder with the strokes, since the control and confidence has gone up since using it. So much so that I have to be careful not to run out of bow! Big difference from the wimpyscratchysqueaky of a short time ago!
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