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Proper Bow Holding & Technique
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April 15, 2012 - 11:50 am
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After finding myself experiencing "squeaking" and that "shrill" sound, I started a web search to see if I could solve the problem.  I found this video. Two things struck me: bow holding & how it ought to line up on the fingers, and pinky placement and the problems improper balance can create.  For the more experienced individuals here: is this video accurate?  Should I assume that playing in is way is a good way to go? 


Video below, and thanks in advance!



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April 15, 2012 - 12:07 pm
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Hey Sone, the app popped up but no video (tried it half a dozen times,,, nada).

One note to keep in mind, and although I'm not a more experienced player, I've been focused on the fundamentals like an MF'r, lol.  One cause of squeeky strings, as FM pointed out in one of his vids, is a something less than perpendicular bow to the strings.  If the bow is angled at all, it tends to slide horizontally with the strings instead of grabbing perpendicularly across the strings.  This often times causes a squeek or squeel.  Might that be the case???  My $0.02

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April 15, 2012 - 1:54 pm
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Her demonstration of how to hold the bow is good. Not different from mine or anyone else who knows what they are talking about.
However, her demonstration of the sound the violin makes when you hold it incorrectly is bull. She doesn't even show the contact the bow is making on the strings or where she is playing. I am sure that she is playing almost up on the bridge when she holds it the BAD way. I can make that exact same sound purposely holding the bow any way I can imagine. I also know that I can make a good sound holding badly if I wanted to. There are plenty of reasons for holding the bow correctly and I like her bow hold but that is not the main one.

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

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May 20, 2012 - 2:41 am
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im glad to see the openmindedness 

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