Bowing: Right Hand Exercises.
anyone have any exercises for bowing? something to ease tension in my right hand and arm.
I think your bow arm and hand are likely to be very tense. Please relax. Also, your bow arm may be excessively high.
If you're just starting, try using just the middle third of the bow for now. You can mark that zone with colored tape on the stick of your bow. Eventually you'll use the whole thing but lots of beginners do this because it's much different to control the bow at the frog, middle, and tip and this just removes one variable.
Try picking up your bow, using your opposite (left) hand. Hold the bow as lightly as possible. Think about that sensation and then transfer the bow to your right hand while keeping the hold as light as possible. You may want to work with a teacher on the bow hold itself. But it's helpful to have light hold from the beginning.
Paul Deck, no, i am not a beginner, i have started studying my first major violin concerto (Mendelssohn Violin concerto -all movements). i was just looking for some helpful exercises. thank you though
I imagine at that level that the best source is your teacher, though if you describe the problem with greater specificity (or post a video), other people might have some suggestions as well.
I'm sure there are exercises out there, but it's going to be more relevant HOW you are practicing them than what you are practicing. If you are lifting your right shoulder, or if you have overspread fingers, or if you are lifting your elbow instead of allowing your elbow to be heavy. You might consider getting yourself on video or watching yourself in the mirror, but I'm surprised that your teacher isn't addressing this if you are at the Mendelssohn level. If your teacher has mentioned it, then it's as simple as following your teacher's instructions (which us students don't always do ;)
Camilla, there are a ton of exercises for the right hand/arm that you may find helpful in
Camilla sorry for assuming you were a beginner. Your profile on this site says absolutely nothing, and your question was not the sort of thing one typically hears from people working on high-octane romantic-period concertos.
here is an artical from strings magazine:
For me recently,... and still is Sevcik Op.2, #7 exercise with bow pattern 43-55 at tempo. You can't do this at tempo if you are not using a relaxed wrist.
thanks for the tips!
I would also recommend 'Basics' by Simon Fischer. Also Sefcic 40 Variations are very good.
jo edun: done :)
This discussion has been archived and is no longer accepting responses.