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Nicolinette
hello all

I just perceive that my bow speed quickened when I changed the direction of the bow, really very little but I think enough to affect the sonority.
What exercise would you advise me to practice in order to remedy this bad reflex?
Nicolinette
9 Responses
Posted: January 12, 2020
Last Comment: January 17, 2020
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Dianne
Posted: January 17, 2020
Thank you for these studies! I have been working them and enjoying them immensely. I am so grateful.

Nicolinette
Posted: January 14, 2020
Thanks Beth for the exercise,

 I'll try it.

Beth Blackerby
Posted: January 13, 2020
Bow division exercises are a great way to control the amount of bow you're using in all parts. Play a simple scale, and with your eye on the bow, divide each scale note into equal parts. Start with 8, then, 6, then 4, then 3, then 2. In other words, stop the bow 8 times, distributing equally throughout the whole length. Then 6 stops....

 It works wonders for developing skills of maintaining consistent pressure, speed, etc. 

By insisting that your bow use the exact same amount for each subdivision it prevents you from those unwanted speeding surges or slow downs. 

Michael Baumgardner
Posted: January 13, 2020
Nicolinette, sorry, that is under the "Options" menu...

Thanks Dianne, I've found it helpful at times in trying to improve tone...

Nicolinette
Posted: January 12, 2020
Michael , I just install intonia, the free version, and I don't see what you're saying

"View Type" to "Amplitude" and making sure Automatic Gain Control is turned off. What you will get is basically a trace that will show the volume (amplitude of the sound). ''

would this be on the intonia Pro?

Dianne
Posted: January 12, 2020
Michael, that is an ultra fabulous idea.

Nicolinette
Posted: January 12, 2020
Ah  Michael, it probably also happens to me to slow down when it is not the time but all this is undoubtedly that I do not count enough, letting myself be carried away by the music ... 
I will take an easy piece and count the measure like a soldier ;)

Karen , I can't wait to see these videos :)

Thank you

Karen Egee
Posted: January 12, 2020
The Sevcik studies that Beth is working up to put on the site (I think almost ready) are going to be really useful to work on these issues, overall gaining more control at speed, volume, tone, aross the length of the bow. I only know this because as part of my video lesson with her I got a few preview clips of these. I am excited to have them all on the site!

Michael Baumgardner
Posted: January 12, 2020
I don't really have an exercise to recommend and I don't know if Beth has any videos that might be of help, but I have had a bit of the opposite problem - as I near the tip (especially) or the frog I tend to slow down as I approach the end.  I don't know if you are familiar with or use Intonia, but what has helped me a bit is to set "View Type" to "Amplitude" and making sure Automatic Gain Control is turned off.  What you will get is basically a trace that will show the volume (amplitude of the sound).  I'm sure other programs could do the same thing.  In playing around with the amplitude, I was able to adjust for this, making sure I kept a steady speed and a consistent pressure.  I discovered I was slowing down and reducing pressure as I approached a bow change too far in advance.  As Fischer discusses in his Tone DVDs, a consistent tone requires a consistent pressure, speed, and bowing lane. If any of these change, the loudness will change.   If you are speeding up on a bow change, your amplitude should be larger at the start after the bow change.  Perhaps this visual feedback on amplitude from Intonia (or anything that will measure loudness) would be something that might be of help.  Just a thought.