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Oliver
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Your video on how to draw the bow sent me on a long chase of tutorial sites due to something you said ...... it was something like "Don't draw the bow with the shoulder.  That will create an arc."

One site I found actually demonstrated the idea of shoulder movement (lower part of bow on "G" string) but I noticed a very sharp angle in the wrist.

Is it correct that you want to have the elbow be the main "pump" at any location of the bow? 

I notice that I tend to use shoulder movement on the "G" and "D" strings because I have the feeling that it helps to "push" the bow straight(er)

Incidentally, I do not remember seeing you use a sharply angled wrist at the bottom of the bow??????  Is that important?

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Fiddlerman
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December 21, 2011 - 4:28 pm
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That is exactly correct Oliver. How is it working for you?
Mostly elbow and no you should not have a sharply angled wrist ever. As straight as possible. Finger movement and flexibility is the best to take care of the tough angles.

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Just knowing the details now, I am  finding my errors but it will take some time for me to change.  I did not realize how much the wrong habits were taking over.

I really did not know what to do with the lower strings and the lower part of the bow and it sounded that way (bad).

I think I can fix this in a week or two.

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Actually it has taken only an afternoon to see improvements.  Several, but most noticeable is the increase in speed without dragging the shoulder into the motion.

Also better bow control.

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December 21, 2011 - 11:50 pm
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That sounds like a success story to me Oliver. Keep it up. smile

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A little open string bowing warm up , focusing on technique seems to help my tone.violin-student

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That makes plenty of sense LB. I got an idea that I would make a warm-up video. Kind of like those aerobics videos where you do the stuff together with the instructor. What do you think? Would people use that?

I'll see when I can find the time. Wouldn't be before New Years though.

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Fiddlerman said

.. I got an idea that I would make a warm-up video. Kind of like those aerobics videos where you do the stuff together with the instructor. What do you think? Would people use that?..

thumbs-up Yep! That would be very helpful to see how to warm up properly... For now i just play open strings and scales... like most of us .. i guess duncecap

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