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Holding the Bow at the Balance Point

The balance point is the place on the stick of the bow where the bow balances perfectly. It is easier to form the bow hold here than at the frog, especially for younger students. Since the bow is balanced here, holding the bow is effortless. This helps avoid stiff fingers early on.

Some teachers have their students make the first bow strokes while holding the bow at the balance point. While holding the bow at the balance point, play in the upper half of bow, from middle to tip. Try rowing the bow for student to learn which angle the best sound comes from. Adjust the bow so it can be bowed straight. Adjust parts of arm. Adjust the shoulder first, then the elbow, and then the wrist. When the student has developed sufficent strength, move their bow hold from the balance point to the frog.

 

 

POSTURE INSTRUMENT SIZINGINSTRUMENT POSITION

BOW HOLDBOW STROKE INTERMEDIATE RIGHT HAND SKILLSADVANCED RIGHT HAND SKILLS

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