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Conclusion on Bow Hold

The bow hold of the string player is very important, since the way the bow is held has a huge effect on the sound produced. The majority of advanced string players who are having technique problems have them in the right hand. From the very beginnings of instruction, the right hand is often overlooked. Sheet music provides us primarily with left hand information. The bow hold generally receives very little attention in most classroom method books. Usually, there is a single picture, or perhaps a series of still images or drawings in the front of the book. The rest of the book provides us primarily with left hand information. It is my hope that the movies and detailed images provided in the preceding sequence of information on bow hold can supplement the information found in published method books.

The teacher must continuously monitor the bow hold throughout the students' course of study. When the student becomes preoccupied with the notes on the page (left hand) the bow hold is very susceptible to undergoing incorrect changes. In general, whenever new technical difficulties are presented to the student, begin by reviewing and periodically checking the bow hold.

 

 

POSTURE INSTRUMENT SIZINGINSTRUMENT POSITION

BOW HOLDBOW STROKE INTERMEDIATE RIGHT HAND SKILLSADVANCED RIGHT HAND SKILLS

LEFT HAND POSITIONSHIFTINGVIBRATOADVANCED LEFT HAND SKILLS

 

 
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