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Andy Leaves
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April 10, 2020 - 3:50 pm
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Just wanted to say Hi...

Hi!

In all seriousness, I have joined here, as I have fallen back in love with playing the violin.
I was originally taught the basics of a violin around 25 odd years ago, whilst at school, then as teenagers do found distractions then travelling so on and do forth.
Since then I have become a teacher of Healthcare and a specialist Special Education Needs teacher.

Several years ago I was tempted to start playing again, but I had a nasty accident, which see me sever the tendon of my bow hand pinky.
This left me with a constant crook to the finger resulting in roughly 10mm shortening. As a result of this I was even to scared to pick up a bow, let alone a violin.

Now with the nasty virus here and being isolated, I decided to take the plunge.
I spoke to my wife and explained my concerns, she urged me to buy a very cheap set-up, just in case.

What I am finding is that my entire hold, stance and movement have had to change to compensate for the finger.
The screw end of the bow rests on the cuticle of my pinky rather than the tip.
Oh the cramps, what joy...

So my question is this can anyone suggest a hold that I might be able use/try?
My current hold if you can imagine is a cross between Franco and Russian...

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April 10, 2020 - 4:33 pm
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@Andy Leaves 

If you could have your wide tale a photo(s) of your hold, that would be great. Photos from different angles would be even better. 

They call me, “Mellow Cello” 

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I use a hybrid bow hold in between Franco-Belgian and Russian too, because I have short fingers to begin with. It's actually not that uncommon, even among pros. It may be more effective if you can hold the bow a little more inside your hand, holding the bow lower on the frog to compensate for the short pinky.

Learning a Russian bow hold may be an option.

One thing that I think is worth keeping in mind: changing your bow hold changes the angle of the bow, so you may have to consider holding the violin at a different angle (either more in front or more to the side) than you're used to.

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cid said
@Andy Leaves 

If you could have your wide tale a photo(s) of your hold, that would be great. Photos from different angles would be even better. 

  

Will try and get some tomorrow... 

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AndrewH said
I use a hybrid bow hold in between Franco-Belgian and Russian too, because I have short fingers to begin with. It's actually not that uncommon, even among pros. It may be more effective if you can hold the bow a little more inside your hand, holding the bow lower on the frog to compensate for the short pinky.

Learning a Russian bow hold may be an option.

One thing that I think is worth keeping in mind: changing your bow hold changes the angle of the bow, so you may have to consider holding the violin at a different angle (either more in front or more to the side) than you're used to.

  

Appreciate that, yeah I'm finding all sorts of strange angels... 

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