Violin BOW HAND WARM UP for Flexible Bowing and a Great Sound | Violin Lounge TV #386

by | Oct 14, 2020 | Bowing Technique, Practice Tips | 12 comments

Take 5 minutes for the 8 best bow hand exercises for developing flexibility in your bow hold, so you can bow smoothly with a good tone

If you’d tell me I’d ever make a fitness video, I would have said you’re crazy. If you told me I would do so while pregnant, I would certainly have not believed it. But… I wanted to make this 5 minute daily bow hand warm up fun for you, so… here it is: my first fitness video!

You’ll learn bow hand squats, finger rows, bow cycling, pinky push ups, stick crawls, heavy pinky push ups, bow lifsts and resonance boosts.

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Hi! I'm Zlata

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

Do these effective bow hand warm up exercises before you play

You’ll get a flexible bow hold, smooth bowing and a more resonant sound from your violin.

If you do them daily, you’ll quickly see results.

Share your favorite exercise in the comments below!


  1. Ann Marie

    Thanks Zlata for the fun and helpful video!

  2. Helene

    LOL! I love your videos. You are so fun to watch.

  3. Verbruggen Jose

    Dag Zlata,
    Heel hartelijk dank voor deze video ” Do these effective bow hand warm up exercises before you play ” (en voor al uw video’s).
    Mag ik u misschien vragen met welk merk van strijkstok u in deze video speelt ?

    Hartelijk dank bij voorbaat.
    Vriendelijke groeten.


  4. Rae-ann

    Hi Zlata! Terrific video!!! I’ve just been working with my teacher on keeping my pinky on the stick and those very same hand and finger motions, so this video is perfectly timed!. I definitely plan to go through your workout every day as part of my warm up, and then playing my scales with a focus on those hand/finger motions will be amazingly helpful. As always, thank you so much!!

  5. Elizabeth

    I never realized the other end of the bow felt that heavy!

    • Zlata

      Yes, if you’re a bit used to these exercises you can even try to play holding the bow at the tip. I explain that in this video. Happy practicing, Elizabeth!

  6. Tigi

    I had taken a BIG BREAK from playing my violin, and now I feel like I am starting over :-0 But it’s about the journey, right? Your videos are so helpful. Great bow hand warm up — thank you! 🙂

    • Zlata

      Wonderful, Tigi, and you’ll notice that it will come back slowly, but it will come back.


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