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Fast track to correct bowing mechanics
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A lot of instructors recommend the basic exercise whereby the wood of the bow is used as a glide path for the right hand to force upon the right arm the correct mechanics. Fischer's tone production DVD gives a demonstration with him holding the heel while the tip rests on a particular string and the student glides his hand along the wood to get the correct feel of a bow stroke. Of course I can't imagine an instructor actually standing there for hours doing this so one adopts other ways of doing the same thing but question is:

Is it really worth spending a lot of time on this exercise (eg 100 hours or so)? Or is it a dubious exercise and not worth the bother?

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February 25, 2012 - 7:47 am
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I imagine that if you wanted to spend the time working on something like that you would be better off getting on of the tools sold for that.
For example:
http://www.amazon.com/Bow-Righ....._pr_sims_i
Personally I think you benefit far more from using the mirror and trying to memorize the movement involved in drawing the bow straight. Maybe doing it every morning for about 5 minutes then get away from the mirror. Every day you come back to it you will have a better understanding of the movements involved in drawing a straight bow. smile

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Nothing is more revealing than studying your own video.  I guess that the mirror method is similar but maybe not as easy to interpret.

I recently lined up a video camera in line with my bow travel and found a consistent error with the up bow.  Not much, but enough to cause other problems.
Both arm and wrist corrections were needed.  I never saw all that before video taping.

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