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Jul 14, 2019 - 3:07:54 PM
383 posts since 8/10/2017

My bow and my right leg clash. It has always bothered me. I can manage. I've seen it happen to others, especially if they are wearing cargo shorts. What's the deal?

Jul 14, 2019 - 3:11:50 PM

2953 posts since 6/21/2007

The only way I can see that happening is if you cross your legs while sitting down to play.
My right elbow won't even come close to my right knee unless I really hunch forward.

Jul 14, 2019 - 4:07:31 PM
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1920 posts since 6/26/2007

Ha, Ha , ah...I am not laughing at you but with happens often with me... so, the answer is to sit up straight and spread your legs a bit more than normal.... also try bowing toward the middle of the bow rather than the tip.... if none of that works , stand up, if you hit your leg with the bow standing up, well I want to see that.

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Jul 14, 2019 - 4:19:56 PM
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9294 posts since 12/2/2007
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Sit up straight. Didn't your Momma tell you not to slouch?
Just to show you I practice what I preach, here's a photo. I'm on the right, but we're all showing pretty good posture.

Jul 14, 2019 - 4:48:33 PM



3978 posts since 6/22/2007

I had that problem, too - hitting my leg with my bow hand or frog. I finally figured out that it was my posture. It was horrific!! No wonder I ached so much after player. So, once I straightened up and sat properly, the problem was solved! However, I do frequently revert to bad habits!!

In addition, proper posture has some other benefits. Because the fiddle is not pointed to ground, the effort to keep the bow in the proper position is lower. You are not fighting gravity. This also allows for more expressiveness in your playing and access to some bow techniques that difficult or almost impossible to do - spicatto, ricochet, etc. (Not that I am any good at any of these techniques!!! As least I have a fighting chance.)

Jul 15, 2019 - 7:00 AM
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2168 posts since 10/1/2008

Yeah .... good posture ... If I don't sit up my bow frog hits my pot belly. Playing fiddle just doesn't seem to burn off many calories. Of course if I had worked out all the hours I have practiced fiddling I'd be thin as a rail. But I wouldn't be much of a fiddler .. < sigh choices. ..... R/

Jul 15, 2019 - 10:40:27 AM
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2167 posts since 2/2/2008

When not sitting up with good posture, ala Doug, I stretch my right leg out straight.

Jul 15, 2019 - 5:48:49 PM

11 posts since 10/8/2010

How about playing while standing. Pretty hard for your leg to get in the way. Besides you can dance a little shuffle while playing.

Jul 15, 2019 - 6:14:38 PM

10402 posts since 9/23/2009

I always have the problem...not sure if it's actually bad posture or possibly being kinda short or the type chairs you sit in, or what. I sometimes lay my right leg out straight to give my bowing arm room, or cross my right leg over my left, etc., just keep re-positioning as necessary...I still slam into my leg once in a while and cut a note

Jul 15, 2019 - 8:30:23 PM

383 posts since 8/10/2017

It might have something to do with being short. I'm only 5'3". I do slouch though, like most people.

Jul 15, 2019 - 10:40:48 PM

1407 posts since 12/11/2008

Like other height challenged folk, no matter how much I straighten my back, maneuver the bow or aim for a spot where my leg ain't, I just can't make it to the tip of the bow. The length of my arms (and fingers!) doesn't help, either. I'd tilt my head toward the sky, as well, but that would make it kind of difficult to keep the fiddle wedged between chin and shoulder/chest.

Jul 16, 2019 - 5:27:03 AM

1650 posts since 10/22/2007

Sitting on something low like a bucket, i choke up on the bow. It doesn't do a tune justice, but whatever.

Jul 16, 2019 - 5:31:42 AM

10402 posts since 9/23/2009

I'm somewhere between 5 3 and 5 4, and never really considered myself as short, but I do run into numerous short-people

Aug 6, 2019 - 7:39:51 AM

7711 posts since 3/19/2009

There are some variables.. Tall people have less of a problem generally IMO because of a longer torso..I'm short and often have hit my leg..Choking up on the bow does NOT help..keeping the fiddle more horizontal helps. Also, I've noticed that the problem is more prevalent if I'm trying to fiddle while sitting in one of those camping chairs that make me have my knees elevated.... My concern is always my daughter.. she likes to sit on my right and she plays with her bow generally almost horizontal... I  thinking of getting  one of those baseball batter's  helmets with the shield on the right  just to keep from getting speared!!!smiley

Edited by - TuneWeaver on 08/06/2019 07:51:04

Aug 6, 2019 - 8:08:07 AM

7711 posts since 3/19/2009

Something I did for a while was just play with a shorter bow!! My kids took Suzuki lessons and there were always short bows in the house. I really loved them and used them when I played my fiddle in my car during my lunch hours..

Aug 6, 2019 - 9:46:11 AM
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4309 posts since 9/26/2008
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As a long legged person, most jam chairs (especially camping variety) are short and cause my legs to be higher. I sit with my legs together and cocked to the left, sort of like how a "proper lady" might sit in a skirt. Seems like a good solution for anyone.

Aug 8, 2019 - 5:51:49 PM
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383 posts since 8/10/2017

Last night I had a lot of trouble because I was wearing cargo shorts. The bow kept catching on the big pocket on my right leg. Sigh. Short people problems.

Aug 8, 2019 - 6:28:30 PM
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80 posts since 1/30/2018

I have learned there are some clothes that get in my way when I'm fiddling. Consequently, I don't wear those clothes much anymore LOL. 

I used to have this trouble more (the bow getting in the way), and it's hard to tell what's helped - but over time, I've experimented with using an end-mount chin rest, sitting up straighter, holding the fiddle out a little straighter on my shoulder. I also tend to sit fairly well forward on the chair and, ideally, let my knees be a couple inches below my hips. And sometimes standing is still the best thing for me.

Edited by - Earworm on 08/08/2019 18:29:44

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