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4/1/19 9:59 P

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Orchestra players are usually tied to a chair - not great for pieces like Bruckner, Mahler. Must be a great thing to do strolling strings or to play "standing" for a ceilidh or kitchen party.

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3/28/19 5:30 P

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A great way to reduce arm discomfort increase neck mobility and relaxation. Try it youll be pleasantly surprised with the positive results.

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11/3/14 2:52 P

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A grad student in strings shared a tip from their studies: aim to relax between bow strokes, and let the "ring" of the instrument do more of the work in tone production. That certainly puts playing into a different perspective.

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10/29/14 7:32 A

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Like anything "limb" related, prevention is certainly better than the cure. I'm re-visiting spinning, and have found that losing form in supporting the upper body tires you out more than the legs. I hope to see some improvements over the next few months.

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2/2/09 9:46 A

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Thanks for the info! Spider Walks, eh? emoticon Will do!

BACK ...

Okay - so I just checked out the link, and like you, I think the pic on the right looks 'wrong'. And that's the way my bow hand is usually positioned.

BUT - when I read the info, it says that is now considered the "modern" hold, whereas the hold where the pinkie rests on the frog's circle is considered the "russian style" hold. That's the hold that I was taught was the correct one, but I've never been able to do it consistently!

And I'd forgotten about the trick to practice with the top part of my arm against the wall.

Again - Thanks so much!

Edited by: WINDSURFER at: 2/2/2009 (09:52)
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Check out the link below for a picture of a pretty good bow hold. The only thing I don't like is the pinky on the B&W photo looks bent toward the other fingers. It should be pretty straight up on the bow. When my daugher first started playing we bought a "pinky nest" from ymonline.com to help her keep her pinky where it belonged. After about a year, we got rid of the nest and her hand stays where it belongs now. I used a nest too in the begining (I started playing when I was 41. Worked pretty good!

To keep your arm from "sawing" across the strings, try practicing with your right forearm up agains a wall. That will force you to move only your elbow and wrist. After a while, that feels normal and you won't need the wall anymore.

I had a problem with bow shake in the begining. I found out it was from putting pressure on the bow originating from my upper arm and shoulder area. Now that the bow pressure comes from my wrist, I can relax my bow arm and the shaking has stopped.

Now, about hand creep...do you remember practicing "spider walks" up and down your bow? If not, look on You Tube for a video. Basically, you walk your hand up to the tip and backward back to the frog (slowly)using proper bow hold the entire time. This forces you to think about keeping that hold and it strenghtens your bow hand too! Calestenics for the right hand :)


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1/28/09 11:17 A

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Okay ... so ... is everyone else as clueless as I am about their bow arms?

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1/26/09 10:51 A

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My bow arm is giving me fits, and I need a reminder as to what, precisely, is the correct way to hold the bow.

What I'm remembering is that the arm is extended from the shoulder to the elbow, and generally speaking it remains that way (although for me it usually rises upwards when I'm working on the G string).

Generally, movement from the elbow to the wrist is used to pull the length of the bow across the strings. Both the wrist and the elbow move.

Also - the wrist movement is critical for close-to-the-string motions, such as spicatto, stacatto, etc.

I'm having problems in several areas: My hand keeps creeping up on the bow - and my upper arm tends to want to fly rather than being generally, overall, still in contrast to the lower arm & wrist.

So my questions:

Are my statements about 'proper bow arm technique' accurate? I'm double checking this as I don't want to correct something that isn't a problem.

Are there some tricks I can be doing to improve my hand's position on the bow? I seem to remember holding pencils during classes WAY back in elementary school when learning to hold my bow. Does that sound familiar to anyone else?

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