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An Annoying Tendency
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Crazymotive
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February 2, 2012 - 8:42 pm
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I seem to have this terribly annoying tendency to slide my bow too far up to the point where I am playing almost right over the fingerboard. I start off sounding good, I feel confident, I am reading the music, playing and then it starts sounding lousy and I notice my bow is about a half inch over the fingerboard. I keep trying to focus to break this annoying habit but it keeps creeping up on me. Ugghh !! 🙂

On a brighter note I was playing "lightly row" on the G string the other morning. About a half hour later I came downstairs and someone asked, "what was that tune you were playing ?" They claimed they recognized the popular little tune. I asked how the playing was and they said " quite good". Ah... that is inspirational. If someone can recognize what I play and say it was good then I must be doing a few things right... Making progress... but I have a long way to go.

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Ok I think I have the part of the answer to my frustration. i just need to focus more on my bowing and the way I position and hold the instrument. I just get frustrated with myself when i keep making the same mistakes over and over again. But I just need to relax, take a break, and keep on practicing.

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I do the same thing and it is always the same reason.  I stop flexing my wrist as I bow and my right hand gets too stiff.  Practice bowing in front of a mirror to see what you are doing.

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February 2, 2012 - 9:13 pm
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You can actually steer the bow where you want it by using bow angles. Try pointing the tip away from the violin when playing up bow and switch to towards the violin on a down bow (frog away)
You'll see what happens.
Don't over do it later but it's fine to experiment.

"The richest person is not the one who has the most,
but the one who needs the least."

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February 2, 2012 - 10:25 pm
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Ah Okay.... Thanks Kevin and Fiddlerman. I'll try both the mirror (so I can see myself playing) and the bow angles and see what happens. I am sure it will help with my progress..I'll let you know how it goes.

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