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Pierre and folks @ fiddlerman,
I need your help since I hurt my right wrist playing. This problem built up for a while and by watching previous videos of me playing, I came to realize that everytime i would go on a downbow, my wrist would turn counter clock wise generating tension. Right now, it's been 2 days without playing. I need guidance on drawing the bow back and forth since it is a motion that should look natural and effortless.
I would appreciate if you guys could get back to me on this issue to see how I can fix it.
Thank you all very much.
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Hopefully somebody with more knowledge can give you some advise but here is my two cents.
I noticed I would do the same thing from time to time. I think it was how I would create enough pressure towards the tip of the bow to keep the sound the same. By turning your wrist you adding more pressure to the index finger and in turn adding pressure to the bow.
My instructor told me to reduce downward pressure from the pinky and use an upward lifting pressure from the ring finger along with some downward pressure from the index to increase the weight of the bow when playing in the upper half. My wrist will still rotate some but not like it used to.
Wither this is a proper way to do it...i dont know but it seems to be working for me. I'm sure someone will correct me if I am wrong.
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There are several Fiddlerman video tutorials
- Finger flexibility for smooth bow changes
- Learn to play Row Row Row your Boat
- Learn to play fast G major scale
- Trills on the Violin
Thanks for these.
After finding those, I am still wondering if there is any video tutorial here on the following slightly-related-but-not-quite-addressed issue (in what I have viewed) ?
Concerning the right wrist and fast playing and repeated notes and smooth bow changes (i.e. four of the five elements above rolled into one different issue)...
What are the merits or demerits of using the right wrist/hand versus using the right elbow/forearm when bowing repeated notes quickly. E.g. What shall we do with the drunken sailor : for the viola it begins with and later uses B played 7 times consecutively, sometimes as quavers (3 off) and sometimes as semi-quavers (4 off).
I can do that readily with either: pivot at the elbow or: pivot at the wrist, which of these two is preferable ?
It becomes a larger issue because at higher speeds in theory I should be physiologically better able to change direction of the bow from the wrist than from the elbow because my hand weighs less than my forearm so has less momentum to overcome when changing direction and should be able to change direction faster for demi-semi-quavers (or even for hemi-demi-semi-quavers ... can hemi-demi-semi-quavers be played on a viola at all ?)