Violin Tip of the Day
For Violin Students of All Ages
Practice and Rehearsal Tips.  Technique Pointers.  Violin Care Guidance. Exercises and Motivation for Violinists, Fiddlers or Anyone Interested in Stringed Instruments.
Today's Tip
Where you place the bow on the string determines many of your sound's qualities.  The closer the bow to the bridge the brighter, brassier or harsher the tone.  The closer the bow to the fingerboard (or even slightly over the fingerboard), the warmer the sound.

As you draw the bow, make sure

* The bow is perpendicular to the strings.  We want the bow and the strings to form a right angle . . . the same angle as the corner of a square.

* The distance between the bridge and the bow does not change as you draw the bow.  The bow should not travel toward the scroll or toward the bridge.  The result of this would be a scratchy sound.

* The bow travels in a straight line.  We do not want the bow to arc back and forth.  If I stand to the side and watch your bow hand, it should travel up and down the same line that the bow makes if it is not moving.  Again, a curved line here will cause a scratchy sound.  (Scrubbing.)

Sometimes these things are difficult to judge.  One clue is to look at the location of rosin on your strings.  When you are done playing, blow on your strings to get rid of stray rosin dust.  After this, where rosin remains, the bow hair has been.
The bow in its proper location moving in a straight line will produce a great smoothe sound.  Tomorrow we will talk about bow speed.
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