Welcome to our forum. A Message To Our New and Prospective Members . Check out our Forum Rules. Lets keep this forum an enjoyable place to visit.

Check out the 2021 Fiddlerman “White Christmas” Group Project.

Please consider registering
sp_LogInOut Log In sp_Registration Register
Register | Lost password?
Advanced Search
Forum Scope


Forum Options

Minimum search word length is 3 characters - maximum search word length is 84 characters
sp_Feed Topic RSS sp_TopicIcon
Maybe this is an old chestnut..? Advice needed on bow hold
Topic Rating: 0 Topic Rating: 0 Topic Rating: 0 Topic Rating: 0 Topic Rating: 0 Topic Rating: 0 (0 votes) 
Reptile Smile
July 21, 2015 - 4:48 am
Member Since: July 18, 2015
Forum Posts: 34
sp_UserOfflineSmall Offline

Hi all,

Bit of a n00b, I'm afraid. I'm just getting into this, and very much from the perspective of folk fiddle (cajun and bluegrass), rather than any kind of concert/classical aspirations!

I'm aware of the huge diversity of approaches to holding the bow (and, indeed, fiddle) in folk (thumb over frog, thumb under frog, thumb bent, thumb straight, holding way up the bow nowhere near the frog, etc, etc)

On the one hand I don't especially want to limit myself later on, and on the other, I suspect it's always possible to re-address and correct technique later. My general thoughts at the moment are, I guess, if it sounds ok, feels comfortable and doesn't hurt, go with it.

Equally, it would be daft to proceed without checking in with folks on here, and seeing what you all think.  I guess there's a pretty sensible school of thought about 'proceeding as you mean to go on', so maybe it's not a bad idea to get it right at the beginning..?


July 21, 2015 - 6:40 am
Member Since: June 21, 2015
Forum Posts: 240
sp_UserOfflineSmall Offline

My teacher has been spending a lot of time working with me on the bow hold, so it would appear she regards it as something important to get right from the start. The hold I'm learning looks very much like the pictures at the following site:


This is a beginner bow hold, and the thumb will later move inside the frog.

The most difficult part for me is learning to avoid putting the bow weight on the pinky finger. The little finger should be able to lift up freely and tap the bow.

Fort Lauderdale
July 21, 2015 - 9:26 am
Member Since: September 26, 2010
Forum Posts: 15988

You can see my own hairy hand with pictures and a description on how to hold the bow but in the end, after attempting the most common bow holds, I'm sure you can find tons of examples on the web, use what works the best for yourself and you should be good.
Remember that the techniques taught by professionals are proven to be effective and are worth taking seriously.

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

Forum Timezone: America/New_York
Most Users Ever Online: 696
Currently Online: JohnG
Guest(s) 23
Currently Browsing this Page:
1 Guest(s)
Members Birthdays
Today Almandin
Upcoming PaTooDoNaLD, HP, UtahRoadbase, goettjp, Griff, Briant, ElisaDalViolin, sus49, Cleverpun, Faith, Raven, The Modesto Kid, joko_emm
Top Posters:
ELCBK: 4407
Mad_Wed: 2849
Barry: 2680
Fiddlestix: 2647
ABitRusty: 2468
Oliver: 2439
DanielB: 2379
damfino: 2024
Kevin M.: 1973
Gordon Shumway: 1948
Member Stats:
Guest Posters: 3
Members: 31054
Moderators: 0
Admins: 7
Forum Stats:
Groups: 16
Forums: 79
Topics: 9726
Posts: 122452
Newest Members:
Administrators: Fiddlerman: 15988, KindaScratchy: 1759, coolpinkone: 4180, BillyG: 3741, MrsFiddlerman: 2, Jimmie Bjorling: 0, Mouse: 3878