Control the Whole Violin Bow | Violin Lounge TV #308

by | May 15, 2019 | Bowing Technique | 1 comment

With the quarter bow exercise, you train the different functions of your fingers in your bow technique and gain control over the whole bow:

Get control the whole bow

In this episode, I’m going to teach you how to get control of the whole bow and get rid of your frog fear.

The quarter bow exercise

You place your bow on the string at the extreme tip and you hold your bow just with your index finger and thumb.

Then you bow your bow a quarter of the bow.

Then you place your middle finger on the bow and you go to the middle of the bow.

Then you place your ring finger on the bow and you do the quarter of the bow.

Then you place your pinky on the bow so now you have all fingers on the bow and then you go to the extreme frog bending your wrist and fingers.

Then you can do this the other way around on the down bow

So you bow a quarter of the bow.

Lift your pinky, then quarter.

Lift your ring finger, then quarter.

Lift your middle finger, then quarter.

Then with just your index finger and thumb.

I’m doing it with stops now but of course, you can do it without stops.


Hi! I'm Zlata

Classical violinist helping you overcome technical struggles and play with feeling by improving your bow technique.

Try this exercise on all strings

Don’t forget to do this exercise on all strings because your arm position is, of course, different on each string.

Now, this exercise may feel a little bit uncomfortable when you try it out for the first time but it will definitely your control over the whole bow.

Now go, pick up your violin and try this exercise out!

After that get back to your computer or phone and leave a comment below sharing your experiences with this exercise or any questions.

1 Comment

  1. Sherylin

    Congrats on the green screen Zlata 🙂
    And thanks for the lesson as well of course 🙂


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