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Ray
Hi Beth, I've intigrated the whole bow exercises into my daily practice. Along with finger tapping, retakes, hooked, and string crossing. Now I've begun to intigrate finger motion. I'm hoping to be on scales by June once I've also intigrated detache, legato, marcato, martele, staccato, and spiccato. On your video: Finger Motion at the Frog you mention tilting the bow so that just a few of bow hairs are touching. And on Dr. Stephen Redfield, part 6: Finger Motion you comment when Dr. Redfield also tilts his bow. Do we usuall want to use only a few bow hairs during a whole bow stroke or only if you want to achieve a softer sound as in the example in Finger Motion at the Frog (near the beginning of the video).

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Posted: February 16, 2011
Last Comment: February 19, 2011
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Beth Blackerby
Posted: February 19, 2011
Duane - definitely that is one of the tools for playing pianissimo. I tilt the bow away to extremes for that purpose. There are times in symphony playing where in order to get the right pianissimo sound, everyone is playing on about 2 hairs!

Fiddlebac - The tilting alone won't affect the tracking, but how you do that with the wrist certainly will. I have a student that over tilts. Her wrist comes up too high, and then the bow shifts it's angle. Try and play some whole bow strokes on open strings, and watch what the hair does. First play with flat hair, 100% bow hair on the strings, all the way to the frog. Then gradually start adding a little tilt until you hear the same resonance and volume from the tip all the way to the frog. Just keep watching the hair as it crosses the strings.

And just a note: make sure you're really going all the way to the frog. It's really those last inches that require the most tilt.


fiddlebac
Posted: February 19, 2011
Agreed, good information.

In the bowing straight lesson you state to tilt the bow away, using the wrist, as one approaches the frog around the 1/3 lower end of the bow - it helps to keep the bow tracking straight.

If one tilts the bow away (except at the tip) for sound quality, will that not affect the tracking of the bow? Do you have to compensate another way or is it not an issue?


Duane Lucy
Posted: February 19, 2011
Beth, Thank you for sharing that. So that is a way I can play pianississimo.

Meg
Posted: February 18, 2011
Thanks for asking this question Ray - I also wanted to know!

Ray
Posted: February 16, 2011
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Beth Blackerby
Posted: February 16, 2011
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Good that you brought this up. I had this video in the library but hadn't tagged it, so it was unsearchable. I had made this in response to someone who had asked the same question you're asking. Let me know if this helps. THanks.