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Violin and Bow
Tuning the Violin
Getting the Violin Ready
Getting the Bow Ready
First Beautiful Violin Sounds
Guided Practice #1
Playing at the Both Ends of Bow
The Whole Bow Stroke
May Day Dance
Exercises and Warm Ups
Daily Exercises to Develop a Great Bow Hold
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How to Hold the Bow
How to Hold the Bow
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The level of the wrist (while playing in the middle of the bow) should be on the same horizontal plane as the fingers.
To keep the fingers and the thumb more relaxed and curved the base knuckles need to sit low.
Make sure the thumb stays bent and its tip is the only thing contacting with the stick.
The index finger is positioned slightly away from the middle two fingers and touches the stick at the middle knuckle line. It curves over, but it does not grab.
The pinky sits on top, but make sure it is not on the silver screw. Find the place for the pinky by tapping it. Where it lands, is where it should go.
Drape two middle fingers over the thumb. Make sure that fingers do not scoot away from the thumb.
Do not try to insert your thumb in a little indention on the frog looking like a little nest.
Now, take your bow. Hold it in the middle with your left hand. Make the open circle with curved fingers. Slip the bow in and hang it on the thumb like on a hook. The tip of the thumb should be placed in a little space in between the wrapping and the frog.
Let your arm rest to your side and lift your elbow just slightly away from your body. The wrist will rotate slightly in toward the center of your body. This is your bow hold! Practice it every time you pick up a pencil or a pen.
Take a pencil and slip it in between the circle formed by the thumb and the middle finger. The ring finger is resting next to the middle finger, the pinky perches right on top of the stick and the 1st finger rests a little on its side right at the middle knuckle line. Your thumb should be slightly bent and flexible so you can be able to wiggle it.
Position the tip of the inside edge of your thumb right in the middle of the two knuckle lines of the middle finger. This will form a circle between the thumb and other fingers. You want to maintain the open circle while you are playing.
Important concepts to keep in mind: 1). When the hand is relaxed, the fingers naturally bend and this is what you want for your bow hold. 2). When tension creeps into one part of the body, it will spread to other parts.
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