Violin Tip of the Day
For Violin Students of All Ages
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Today's Tip
Yesterday we said that we were going to concentrate on your right hand as you play your violin.  We talked about three variables that you can work on:
* Where the bow is placed.
* How fast the bow is drawn.
* How much weight you place on the bow.
But before we can address any of those, we need to make sure that you are holding the bow right. 
Pick up your bow and make sure that you are doing ALL of the following things.

Your hand needs to be relaxed.  Playing a violin is all about vibration.  The more you dampen vibration, the less sound you generate.  Don't strangle the bow.  Don't "grip" the bow.  Hold the bow gently.

The tip of your bent thumb touches the frog contact point. This allows the bow to vibrate more freely than if you are holding the stick itself.

Fingers gently curve over the top of the bow stick. This allows your bow to vibrate fully while allowing you to control the bow with minimal pressure.

The middle finger should be opposite the thumb.  Placing the thumb and middle finger opposite one another allows the bow to become a see-saw with your thumb/middle finger becoming the fulcrum.  You can easily move the see-saw up and down by pressing gently with your forefinger and your little finger. 

So the keys to the bow hold are
* Gentle control.
* Maximum vibration allowed.

Tomorrow we talk about placement.
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