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Zlata Brouwer

What if you use a lot of bow, but you still don't get the rich and warm tone you desire?

August 12, 2013 at 4:58 PM

You want to make a nice full sound... so you use more bow... but it doesn't work.

If you are cooking a tasty dinner... than don't just use salt to make it tasty! To make a tasty dinner you should use several herbs and experiment with using them. (I know nothing about cooking, so it's a wild guess)

In this video I will discuss what you can change in your bowing to create rich and warm tone:

Season your tone with the following ingredients:

  • bow straight, not sloppy

  • use of bow hair (don't be afraid to use it all!)

  • weight of your arm (no pressure!)

  • speed and width of bowing

  • place of your bow on the string

Focus on one thing at a time and experiment a lot.

Please let me know what your experiences are in the comments below!


Violinist and Skype violin teacher at Violin Lounge

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