Forming the Bow Hold Using a Pencil
Hold the pencil with the left hand while forming the bow hold with the right hand.
1) Bend and flex the thumb. Touch THE TIP of the thumb to the pencil as shown.
2) Place the FIRST JOINT of the middle and ring fingers on top of the pencil as shown, opposed to the thumb.
3) Turn the pencil over so you can see thumb. Lay index finger on pencil next to middle finger. Continue to bend and flex the thumb. If the tip of the thumb is touching the pencil, pencil should roll back and forth . Flex and bend the fingers. Make a "Come here" type of gesture with the index finger.
4) Turn pencil back over. For violin and viola, tap little fingernail on the top of the pencil. Cello and Bass, place pinkie next to ring finger. Note the placement of the pinkie is next to ring finger.
A curved and relaxed pinkie is essential for bow control and it must be taught at this stage.