I learnt the violin & viola at school and played from the age of 6 until I left school when, for one reason or another, I stopped playing.
I have, after ten years, started playing again and have spent the last year and a half playing and rehearsing regularly. Whilst my left hand technique is coming along nicely (and wasn't TOO badly affected by my ten years off thanks to playing the mandolin), my right hand technique has really suffered.
I find it impossible to get a good sound from the bow, and really difficult to draw the bow across the strings in a straight line.
If I draw the bow slowly across the strings, the movements i have to put my right shoulder through feel incredibly unnatural to me. If I stop concentrating on my right hand whilst I am playing, my bow heads off on its own up towards the fingerboard and creates an unpleasant whispery tone accompanied by 'whooshing' noises from the hairs on the string.
I'm pretty sure that my right hand grip is well balanced, so I'm not sure what is going wrong. (I should mention at this point that I am not studying under a teacher, but on my own).
I was wondering if anyone out there could recommend a practise regime or any exercises that I can do to improve my bowing? What am I doing wrong? Any tips hints or recommendations?!?
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