STRING PEDAGOGY NOTEBOOK

DOUBLE BASS GERMAN BOW HOLD

To hold the German Bow, place the frog comfortably against the palm of the hand. Touch the tip of the thumb to the top of the stick. The pinkie is curved and touches the bottom of the frog on the ferrule. The index and middle fingers bend and touch the side of the stick. The ringer finger floats comfortably, free from tension.


The bow can be held with just the thumb and pinkie. Practice flexing the thumb and pinkie together.


When the bow is moving in the downbow direction, the fingers and thumb will flex slightly while the contact point with the stick remains the same. The flexibility of the fingers and wrist is crucial to later bowing technique.


For german bow players, the weight of the arm is transferred through the thumb so it is very important that the tip of the thumb remain on the top of the stick.