Starting a series on bow technique
I have started making a series of tuition videos on Sevciks 40 Variations. Those belong to the best exercises for bow technique and I plan on making a tutorial on each variation about every two weeks or so.
Do let me know if you find this helpful.
I would be especially interested in any comments from people using the Russian bow technique since I play with the Franco-belgian technique. It would be great to discuss the differences.
I watched your video and it's very good. Sevcik is not something I did as a youngster (I did other studies) but my daughter is doing this on the cello -- so the theme is quite familiar!
Thanks for the feedback! You have an interesting point and you are right. Too much movement of the violin can become a problem for the bow. Especially in bouncing bowings. Also, yes, in general if one moves it is better most of the time to move the violin towards the frog in an up bow and vice versa. In slow parts one can get a nice effect sometimes by reversing this as long as it is not too much. Just like it is good to keep the violin still it should not be fixed into one position.
Both motions are right!
Hi Vivien, thank you for this video, I find it very helpful. I was taught Flech's "Fingerstrich" from the very beginning (using Auer's Violin School Bk 1, all open strings). Since I cannot bend my thumb properly, bow control and finger flexibility remain important issues and your exercises are a very good resource. I'm looking forward to your next videos!
Thanks a lot for the positive feedback :)
Vivien - will do :) Thanks!