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In general, is it necessary to keep the finger pads of the middle and ring fingers 'connected' to the bow frog? I'm asking this because I realized I usually don't do so as a result of my fingers being more relaxed that way. Not that I mindfully don't touch the bow with those fingers, it's just that keeping my hand loose or in its 'natural' state results in me doing that. A friend of mine realized it and told me to keep the fingers touching the bow. I feel clumsier that way since I have to think about it but it could also probably because I'm just not used to it.
Any input would be great.
PS: None of the teachers I had ever instructed me to do so but neither have they instructed me NOT to do so.
Hi, ves: There are several instructional video's on the net, including one here at Fiddlerman, it's in the thumbnails on the FM home page.
There are a lot of pro's and con's about the proper bow hold. Try to learn the proper way, it may feel uncomfortable at first but you'll get used to it after a while.
I always remember the way that my teacher re taught me my bow hold. Hope this helps...imagine that your index, middle and fourth fingers are glued together, place them over the butt of the bow, holding the bow in your other hand. Then imagine that those three fingers have nails through them so they can pivot backwards and forwards but don't move off the bow. Next place your thumb loosely in the frog and your little finger resting on the wood. Your little finger acts as the leverage and your three fingers move together to provide the power.