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Oliver
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May 2, 2011 - 6:53 pm
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Is video showing a preferred position for the right arm ? ( on higher strings, I guess ?)

What is trade off between wrist and/or arm controlling bow position and stroke ?

I notice that you (Fiddlerman) often have a very high elbow but would you allow that for a student ?

 

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Fiddlerman
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May 2, 2011 - 7:35 pm
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Great question. I would definitely allow it with a student. The most common problem is a lazy arm too close to the body. If you re-analyze the videos in which you notice that my elbow is high you will see that I am playing on the lower strings. Note that on the above example the man is playing between the E and A string. Your elbow should be lower on those strings. Another factor for the height is the angle in which you hold your violin. Smile

To know if your elbow is at the right height analyze your wrist angle and don't allow it to be bent too much. A bent wrist is weaker than a straight one. Also you need to take advantage of the arms weight to be more relaxed.

The elbow should follow the contour of the strings unless you are crossing strings quickly such as in the barriolage bowing done here in the Bach Prelude:

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OK !  I feel better about what I'm doing here.  My first (and last) teacher had a fit if I moved the lower arm off the torso very much.  Confused

 

 

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May 2, 2011 - 9:27 pm
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Sounds to me like you are doing it just right.Smile Your right wrist should have a comfortable angle and can be slightly bent but not too much. To give you an example, try using your fingers when your wrist is bent. Can't do it can you?

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Not very well.  The alignment seems odd.

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