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@Katie L -
Yep, think since this is an exercise in detaché - the bowing is important.
Looks like you take a GREAT first stroke, then lock up your elbow & start bowing from your shoulder.
What's going on? Just frustrated & tense? Also happens to me sometimes.
Think this particular video, from Lora Staples (Red Dessert Violin) might help you relax & get back on track 😊:
Oh, and she talks about fixing 'holes' - the stopping/hesitation between strokes! 🤗
@Katie L -
Please don't be discouraged. I don't believe it's about 'good' or 'bad' - just are you learning what 'detaché' is?
I don't recommend a tutorial without me watching it first - so, think you'll find these are fairly quick fixes!
You'll see. 😊
I think you'll be amazed if you make it part of this week's practice - no pressure. 🤗
@Katie L I think your focused on your left hand so much that you can't focus on the bow.
I like the Lora Staples video that Emily posted—she does a really good job explaining the pitfalls of a solid bow stroke.
This past week, I was just working on something with string crossings that I was just not getting right. I decided to go to my “toolbox” and pull out the “do it on open strings”. This is where I focus on the bow strokes on open strings, leaving out the left hand (i.e., bow on the strings that the notes would be on, but just play it as an open string). I often warm up on open strings, too—taking the left hand out of the equation is helpful sometimes.
The video you posted show folks using open strings—this is a good way to focus your attention on just the bow.
Characterize people by their actions and you will never be fooled by their words.
Definitely Sharon ! Totally fixated on my left hand. And to be honest and I know now this was completely the wrong thing to do but I wasn’t concentrating all on my bowing at all because I didn’t think I had to. But now I know I can’t ignore it completely ! There are so many good vids and exercises on you tube ! No complaining by the way but I wish I had time to do them all. I agree Doc-Ivory onwards and hopefully upwards!