Professional Bowing & Tone Creation Secrets for Advanced Violinists | Violin Lounge TV #267

by | Feb 28, 2018 | Beautiful Tone, Bowing Technique | 5 comments

Improve your bowing technique and tone production to pour artistry and expression in your violin playing

Learn to get a professional sound by changing the ignition point of your bow movement

Your fingertips should lead your bow movement and your right arm should follow

The ignition point of the bow movement is the leading place that starts your bow movement. This should be in your finger tips and not in your wrist, elbow, arm or shoulders.

In the first years of violin playing your arm tends to be very dominant. As you develop your bowing technique you refine the movement.

When you start your bow movement at your finger tips, your motions become more precise, more fluent and more efficient.

Martelé and spiccato become a lot easier and sound better when you initiate the movement in your fingertips as I demonstrate in the video.

You can bow more smoothly in detaché and legato and get a deeper sound as you smoothen the bow changes with your fingers. Also you can improve the resonance of your violin and bow by not letting your arm get in the way of the sound.

It might take some time to get used to this, but start experimenting with your bow movement and your sound.

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  1. Ann Cantrell

    Dear Zlata,

    Can i suggest that it is not necessary for you to make yourself appear to be a prostitute in order to attract customers. I find you much more attractive when you are wearing modest clothing. Anything else is utterly disturbing, distracting and not at all complimentary. Scanty clothing has nothing to do with mastering the violin. You have a lovely personality and I would be much happier to see you not degrading yourself in such a manner.

    The Bible says in Mark 8:36 For what shall it profit a man, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul?

    Respectfully yours,

    • John Sellers

      I am shocked by your comment. This kind of judgemental comment has no place here. It is completely out of context.

      • Violinist Zlata Brouwer

        Haha, I guess not wearing sleeves can even trigger some people.

  2. Bonnie

    You look great. Not at all like what “Ann” stated. You have a nice style. You play great. You teach great. Thank you very much for the videos and the help you offer.

    • Violinist Zlata Brouwer

      Thanks so much for your kind words, Bonnie, great to wake up with them on a Monday morning :).


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