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The bow - up to the next level, I think :)

Posted by zai on Friday, March 1, 2013

This vid is what set it in motion. Maybe it was posted in the hangout as well, but I found it through a post on the tradconnect fiddle group.

All in all it doesn't look so much different from how I had my bow before, the thing I was doing different was that I had my middle and ring finger just hang on the stick, and not feel like they needed to do anything.

After watching the vid I tried to put my pads of those two fingers on the frog, and at first that seemed awkward, but I stuck with it for a little longer, and even though at first it feels like hard work, I noticed I've more control over the bow. Especially bowing double stops or doing long slow bows. But even on fast string changing passages it's not hindering me.

It does still take me a lot of mind, to not revert back to the "sloppy hold", but I think if I stick with it there's a whole new bowing world out there to discover.

The 'hard work' will seem less so soon enough, I already feel some muscles getting stronger/handier that weren't being used as much before. Looking forward to the time when it'll be more automatic, freeing more 'processor capacity' for other stuff again. :)

1 comment on “The bow - up to the next level, I think :)”

fiddlnbanjo Says:
Tuesday, April 23, 2013 @2:45:41 PM

it's all about the bow, i believe that's why kids need to start before the age of 6, say 3 yrs old. the muscles it takes to play the violin are the ones we don't use too often during normal activity .. these muscles, tendons and ligaments can be injured when concentrated playing is done without stretching and warming up. working on tone, double stops and moving half steps to achieve maj/minor dblstops
is the most stressful

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