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Helen Harvey

bouncing bow? make lemonade!

December 27, 2010 at 4:46 AM

I love!  Where else could i get the inspiration to turn a bowing problem into an asset?  In a whistling e string thread I read advice to figure out when whistling happens and practice making the whistle. Learn the technique to do it, and in the effort you'll learn the technique to avoid!  I think I read the same type of advice on another topic and tonight, as I was struggling with my bouncing bow problem, the advice came crashing home-- i should learn to love the bounce!!!

In my return to the violin after a 30 year hiatus, I had a number of pressing problems that had to be dealt with: retrain the ear for intonation, retrain the fingers for intonation & shifting (still ongoing), and retrain posture for better ergonomics. Then secondary issues popped up-- retrain bow arm for altered posture, etc.  While I was doing this, a teacher also suggested a new bow hold and flattening out my bow.  I think that flattening out the bow seemed to cause more bouncing issues- especially noticable in Kriesler's Preludium.  So now I probably need to focus on bowing techniques.

Last night I went through the "Right Hand"  online MasterClasses I learned about right here on  Tonight, as my bouncing issue surfaced, I had an epiphany!  Learn ricochet!

next problem- what to do with my new ricochet? 


From Michael Felzien
Posted on December 28, 2010 at 1:23 AM

>next problem- what to do with my new ricochet? 

*cough* *cough* learn to control it.

From Helen Harvey
Posted on December 29, 2010 at 3:31 AM

<sheepish grin>

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