I’ve been playing a little over a year and just finishing my first fundamentals book. Teacher says intonation is great, fingerings look good and bow hold/straightness are decent.However one thing that seems to be greatly affecting my playing and progression currently is I’m playing way too much from the shoulder as opposed to the wrist/elbow. Too much tension and stiffness and everything goes downhill from there. After a couple of weeks of trying some different exercises and me trying to focus on it she said she was going to do some research to see if she could come up with something to help correct it. Curious if anyone here has any ideas or helpful tips to help correct.
I think your teacher needs to find a wooden stick to physically "drop your shoulders!"
Try to relax your whole right arm and shoulder. You can try placing your elbow on a something and try short to medium length bow strokes on one string in which you move from the elbow only. The upper arm moves to cross strings.
My wrist isn’t very flexible at all and that has been noted by my teacher. Is there a way to increase that flexibility or is it just a matter of muscle memory repetitive movement?
I see a lit, that children practice the open strings having a wall from a right side, so shoulders can not open. And on E string the right shoulder can be fixed down to your body by a soft scarf, so it is relaxed, down, but can not move much, so you have to use your wrist to bow. 5 min of this and you will remember, how to move your wrist.
@Lindsey one of the many sciences behind wrist flexibility is to be able to re-balance the hand weight on the bow, at different parts of the bow.
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If one bows entirely from the shoulder, the bow will move on the strings in an arc path rather than normal to the strings.
Thank you all for the feedback. This gives me plenty of information to work with and think about! When I bow frog to rip my bow I struggle to control the bow to maintain straightness and therefore overcompensate with movement from my shoulder which creates a slight sawing motion. My teacher recorded us both playing together from several angles at my last lesson. She then played it back to help me visualize where the movement is not (but should be) coming from. I think this feedback will definitely help me put it all together and improve!