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Oliver
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Curious to know what you tell your intermediate students about choice of sounding point.  The perspective on your videos suggests you like to play very close to the finger board.  To what extent is the decision based on performer or instrument? 

I know the extreme from your Sul Ponticello and the usual internet remarks that the sound is sweeter towards the fingerboard.  But my best sound happens at a volume that is too low AND it is harder for me to "grab" the strings by the finger board?

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Fiddlerman
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January 12, 2012 - 3:30 pm
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You actually feel the sweet spot but it is very much dependent on what speed the bow is moving as well. If I move the bow very slowly and want to get a powerful sound I play real close to the bridge. Fast bowing requires you to be closer to the fingerboard to react quick enough.

I am puzzled about why it is harder to grab the strings by the fingerboard. Can you give me more insight to that?

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Because I have to move the string(s) a greater distance to get some resistance (or I think that is sometimes called "feedback"?).  (maybe faster bow speed is the answer to that also?)

Towards the bridge I am immediately into a playing mode and I can hear every bow movement including sloppy string crossings.

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January 12, 2012 - 6:21 pm
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BINGO!

Bow speed is the answer Oliver. Let me know when you find the time to experiment with that. Perhaps you need slightly more pressure as well.

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Very good result.  Bow acting much better.  Tone improved. 

Previously very careful to stay very close to bridge.  Now more "open".

However, the faster bow strokes also sometimes leave me wanting more bow for a given passage so I have to watch where I start.

Good improvement for not too much re-training effort.  

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PS   No major new pressure needed.  However there is a challenge to keep the bow straight with using more length.

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