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Is it typical to have a bouncing bow as a beginner until you get a certain # of hours of practice to get the muscles into shape?
Are there multiple physical causes? eg. sudden pressure change, failure to either adjust/keep straight angle to the string...
I've seen the Fiddlerman video, explanations in the Robert Gerle book, and the Fischer tone production DVD and I still have the problem off and on and am not sure if its just a lack of fitness in the arm/hand or something else.
I have a pernambuco bow as well. Its heavier and more prone to bounce than the cheap bow that came with the violin. I'm stuck in Sevcik School for Beginners, first page bowing exercises on open strings. I keep thinking focusing on bowing 2 strings will cure the bounce problem simply by improved bow control but frankly I have no idea. I will post a video sometime but first I have to get the camera.
Lower half of the bow, only on the downstroke. My right pinky is curved and relaxed. I'm using a franco-belgian hold. I have not worked on smooth bow changes yet.
I'm trying a new strategy to eliminate the tremolo/bounce. Instead of up and down with varying bow lengths, I'm now stopping the bow without changing direction. For example, starting at the frog....down half a bow, stop, down till the tip, stop, up half a bow, stop, up till the frog, stop. I do this by dividing the bow from smaller divisions at the beginning to larger and then change the speed from slow as possible to quick as possible. Its very deliberate and I feel it enhances learning to control the bow in a progressive manner while I examine from different angles in the mirror.
But there's no point starting Sevcik Beginner school until 1. tremolo/bounce completely eliminated...2. smooth bow changes.
By checking my hold and comparing it to holds on pictures and videos I realized I have a russian hold. It's the position that was comfortable and natural for me when I picked up the bow. I tried that franco belgian and it felt wrong for my hand and I was not making nice sounds at all. I dunno if it's my russian hold but I have no bouncing bow problem at all, maybe the positioning of the index applies more weight of the bow without efforts?
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