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You're not gonna believe this but I changed my grip again.

Posted by bj on Monday, July 28, 2008

Okay, so it was this thread about loose wrists that got me REALLY watching Rayna Gellert and trying to analyse what she was doing with that dang jello wrist of hers that has her bowing so effectively and making it look so unbelievably easy, even though we all know it isn't. And I really looked at her "grip" and realized it wasn't really a GRIP. At least not in the way I've clenched the thing to keep it from flying away, like I had to really GRIP it to control it. Her bow HANGS from her fingers. Her fingers HANG from her hand. And her hand HANGS from her wrist. So all it takes is a bit of a shake for her to get that mojo working that we love so much and that looks so effortless.

Well, the only way I could duplicate that was to go back to a classical grip but REALLY relaxed and with everything HANGING. It takes some practice. But bottom line is that it actually does make a lot of stuff easier.

For instance, my transitions from one pair of strings to another. It's now much easier to use the "middle" string in the change as a fulcrum for the rock and with my fingers and hand hanging with the bow underneath, it's a very natural movement, with most of it in the fingers, and a bit in the hand and wrist. There is much less chop now. So that's already an improvement, once I get used to it. The whole movement is much more fluid.

Downside is I feel it across the top of my upper arm after awhile, since my elbow is higher than I'm used to in order to accomplish this. Looks like I'll have to do some weight training to strengthen that muscle. And if it gets me playing even a little bit more like Rayna Gellert, geez, is it worth it? You betcha!



2 comments on “You're not gonna believe this but I changed my grip again.”

FiddleJammer Says:
Monday, July 28, 2008 @9:09:32 PM

Some advice - Tilt your fiddle slightly clockwise (if you're R handed).  You'll be able to drop your bow elbow accordingly.

bj Says:
Monday, July 28, 2008 @9:28:00 PM

LOL! Why didn't I think of that! Thanks!

I can probably play with the adjustments on the Kun a bit too.

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