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When you get ready to start a piece, do you place your bow right at the frog? What might be the implications of this? I see this sometimes in very young players, where the bow is right up under the bow hand. Is it better to move the bow closer to the lower third to start the note? I did this frog thing actually a lot, and my teacher had to constantly correct my bow placement for that first note. I didn't know why, but I think I do now.
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Posted: June 12, 2019
Last Comment: June 12, 2019

Posted: June 12, 2019
In Beth's Practice Course ( I think it is there) Beth recommends to determine bow placement based upon the where on the bow you need to be to be able to play the next note.  Are you playing into a slur?, eighth note?, whole note?

In theory if you can determine the bow placement going forward you should be able to determine bow placement going backwards for that first note.

So, yes, I believe it depends as always what piece you are playing.  

Posted: June 12, 2019
I think it depends on what you're playing. For example, Wohlfahrt #38 (my current nemesis) starts with a five-note slur that takes the entire bow, which automatically means a frog-ish start. By comparison, Vivaldi A minor 1st movement starts with an up-bow followed by a bunch of détachés, so, middle bow. These days I do try to play more toward the frog to try and correct my tendency to use the top 1/3 of the bow...