As violin (indeed as all instrumental) teachers I think it is natural to become fond of and develop bonds with our students in a way that is maybe not the case with teachers of certain other subjects. I am sure that my own experience in this matter will resonate with many others in my position. Learning an instrument requires an intellectual, physical and emotional response from both teacher and student that becomes symbiotic.
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How do you hold your bow? And are you aware of the history behind that bow hold?
There are two bow holds that are the most common: the Franco-Belgian bow hold and the Russian bow hold. (Incidentally, I call it a bow "hold," not a "grip," because none of us should be "gripping" the bow, as that implies holding it very tightly!)
A quick and by no means encyclopedic explanation: The Franco-Belgian bow hold was taught be some of the 20th century's most important teachers, including Josef Gingold, Ivan Galamian and Shinichi Suzuki -- and that means that many of today's most accomplished violinists have this bow hold: Joshua Bell, Itzhak Perlman, Pinchas Zukerman are just a few. The Franco-Belgian hold involves a bent/flexible thumb, a pinkie that is curved and active, two middle fingers draped around the stick, and the pointer touching the bow stick between the middle two joints.
The Russian bow hold was very famously used by Jascha Heifetz and Nathan Milstein. It involves a bow hand that is very pronated, leaning toward the pointer finger, with a straight pinkie.
Being sort of a Galamian/Gingold "grand-student," I definitely use a Franco-Belgian bow hold. There are other kinds of bow holds -- I've heard of German and French, but I have not found a definitive description of these. Please share, if you know!
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Congratulations to violinists Joshua Bell, James Ehnes and Christina Day Martinson, who each were nominated for awards in the 61st Annual Grammys, which will take place in February.
All nominees were announced Friday morning by the Recording Academy; click here for a complete list of Classical Grammy nominations for 2019.
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