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!
What kind of bow hold do you use? Please participate in the vote, and if your bow hold is not listed, please describe for us your bow hold.
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