Rolf Schulte Bow Hold

Edited: September 5, 2017, 8:43 AM · As can be seen on YouTube, Rolf Schulte (a virtuoso contemporary music specialist) holds his bow extraordinarily far up from the frog. I've never seen anyone hold a modern bow like that. It seems like it'd be unusually high even for a baroque bow.

I'm curious about the rationale for this and didn't find much more than a passing reference to it here or elsewhere. I tried it a bit, although still not so far up the stick as Schulte, and at first blush it seemed to afford distinctly cleaner articulation and easier string crossings but a less singing and more aggressive tone.

Replies (6)

Edited: September 5, 2017, 8:43 AM · I find the bow balanced more above the frog. I find myself naturally using the wrist instead of the arm a lot, just can't help it! but only for 18th century music.
Edited: September 6, 2017, 12:58 PM · Sample:

September 6, 2017, 3:55 PM · He should just use a 1/2 size bow. He doesn't go beyond where his hand is anyway.
September 6, 2017, 10:42 PM · No, it's about balance.
September 6, 2017, 11:12 PM · Well, he lopses lot of the possibilities of a modern bow. A bit of a step back from tourte.
September 7, 2017, 12:00 AM · Just differences.


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