When Does Your Pinky Leave the Bow?

When Does Your Pinky Leave the Bow?

You might hear all the time that your pinky should remain on the bow all the time… nicely curved. However… when you look at performers playing, you see the bow hold changing in every bow stroke and you see them playing with the pinky off the bow. In this...
How to Move Your Hand and Fingers while Bowing

How to Move Your Hand and Fingers while Bowing

In this episode we answer a question from viewer Sarah: Hi, I am realizing that to bow straight, your wrist, fingers and arm do things as you bow from tip to frog and visa versa. On most videos, you don’t get to see what the hand is doing – especially when the...
How to Prevent Your Pinky from Slipping off the Bow

How to Prevent Your Pinky from Slipping off the Bow

pinky In your violin or viola lesson your teacher might have instructed you to make your pinky round and set it on top the bow. This is easier said than done. Loads of violin and viola players struggle with this. Pamela writes: I am learning to play beginning violin...
How to Play Multiple Staccato Notes on One Bow

How to Play Multiple Staccato Notes on One Bow

In this Violin Lounge TV episode I answer a question from one of our viewers: Dear Zlata, I have trouble playing pieces where there are multiple staccatos in a row. My bow usually ends up jumpy and I find myself tensing up a lot. I am confused about the motion used to...