How to Bow Straight on the Violin | Violin Lounge TV #489
Bow straight exercises for the violin
Learn the bow arm mechanics and finger action for straight bowing without looking
Bowing straight is NOT just a matter of checking yourself in the mirror and endlessly correcting yourself
If you don’t have the bow arm mechanics and the bow hand finger action right, you will not bow straight.
If you don’t bow straight, you don’t have control over the point of contact of the bow hair on the string and you might get some very weird squeaky sounds. Learn all about contact points in this violin lesson.
Learn to bow straight and make a beautiful sound.
00:42 Bow arm mechanics
00:55 Disclaimer about bowing straight (or should you really?)
01:21 Upper half mechanics
02:19 Lower half mechanics
03:07 Finger action in the bow hand
04:36 Finger exercises with a pencil
05:20 Finger exercises with the bow
06:25 Toilet roll exercise
07:25 Moving to the violin
08:59 Should you really bow straight?
Bow straight violin exercises and tips
Bow arm mechanics
In the upper half of the bow you mainly bow with your lower arm, wrist and fingers. In the lower half of your bow you also engage your upper arm. Practice these two different movements separately before making whole bow strokes (see video for tips and demonstration).
Finger action of the bow hand
Without a relaxed wrist and fluently moving fingers, it’s almost impossible to bow straight. Practice these movements with a pencil, on the balance point of the bow and later holding the bow the normal way at the frog.
Toilet roll exercise
This works wonders for straight bowing and is great to put together the things you learned in the exercises above. Hold a toilet roll where the point of contact between the bow and the string usually is and practice whole bow strokes through the toilet roll.
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