Practice Finger Bowing to Bow Smoothly | Violin Lounge TV #241

July 15, 2016, 4:48 AM · This episode is about the exercise 'finger bowing'. It will help you bow more smoothly en make a beautiful sound on the violin!

Beginners tend to bow mainly with their lower arm without much movement in their wrist and fingers creating the typical beginner sound. Your body will always do what's easiest based on movements you are familiar with. However, these movements from daily life aren't always the best for creating a beautiful tone on the violin.

Moving your wrist and fingers fluently along the movement of the bow, makes your bowing very smooth and this will create a better tone on the violin. In the video I demonstrate the difference. The violin keeps resonating and you don't mute the violin at every bow change.

Finger bowing is an exercise that teaches you to make these very specific movements with your wrist and fingers and how to make them fluent. What you need to do is to maintain the bow hold and the contact points of your finger tips on the bow. You use your fingers as a spring system. The movement doesn't have to be large. It depends on the individual. Now you put your bow on the string just above the middle of the bow. Start bowing without moving your arm and just moving your wrist and fingers. The exercise is not about sounding good, but about practicing the right movement. Eventually you combine these movements in your wrist and fingers with the larger movements with your arm.

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