5 LEVELS of VIOLIN BOW TECHNIQUE: beginner to pro sound quality | Violin Lounge TV # 418

by | May 5, 2021 | Bowing Technique | 14 comments

Beginner vs professional bowing technique on the violin and what makes the difference.

Discover what level you are at:

Discover what level of violin bowing you’re at!

Level 1: Beginner sound

The bow is going everywhere and your wrist and fingers are quite stiff. A proper bow hold isn’t developed yet.

Priority here is to learn to draw a straight bow by practicing in front of the mirror and make your hours of practice to make the bowing feel more natural and relaxed.

Helpful lesson:

This video about how to bow straight without looking.

Level 2: Basics are covered

You’re bowing straight with somewhat bow flow. You got rid of the scratchy sounds.

Helpful lesson:

Probably you’re still hitting some wrong strings and sounding scratchy from time to time. Watch this video with 20 tips to get rid of that.

Level 3: Finger action is fluent

You’ve discovered the right movements with your wrist and fingers. Because of this your bow changes are seamless and you play with a consistent good quality tone without stops in between the bow strokes.

Helpful lesson:

Need some help with bowing smoothly? Watch this video!

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Level 4: Great sound quality

You can make a deep consistent sound instead of a superficial one. You don’t do belly bowing or shooting your bolt. You have control over the weight, bow speed, contact point and amount of hair and know how to balance this to create the sound you want.

Helpful lesson:

Watch this video with the secret sauce to a professional sound.

Level 5: Going pro with your violin bow 😉

Artistic and conscious application of all bow techniques and proportions, phrasing, dynamics and expressing yourself in music.

Helpful lesson:

Already know all 24 different violin bow techniques? Watch this video to learn all about them.

Let me know in the comments below what level you think you’re at!


  1. Elizabeth

    I think I would classify between 3 and 4

  2. Chizitere

    I’m at level 5

  3. Angie

    I’m Level 2 with some level 3 on a good day.

  4. Nancy Lynn

    You are amazing!

    • Zlata

      You too, Nancy!

  5. Joep lorteije

    I’m at level 2

  6. Dirk

    Between 3 and 4 (^_^)

  7. Amorita

    I’m somewhere around 3 and giving free lessons to a child friend who is at level one. Is it really best to teach straight bow before her hand hold is developed? She stiffens her fingers and straightens her pinky constantly.

    • Zlata

      The way to teach her to bow straight is to teach her the movements in the wrist and fingers. Also point her to my free beginner course right here.

  8. jose

    ik ben bijna op niveau 3

  9. Dwayne

    Hello. I would grade myself somewhere between 2 & 3. But still need to work on my double stops. Not so good on those!


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