I understood from the outset that this student has a finite goal of getting his basics to an intermediate level, in order to eventually play a particular fiddle style. He thinks that with classical chops, STS, he won't always sound "bad." (His word.) According to him, this is an impressive-sounding fiddler. But he also came away thinking that he was told he "has to" use his ideas of bowhold to ever play the style. He understood it as pinky on the endbutton, fingers spread out, thumb pushed into the frog-notch, lots of "wrist action". My student came to me with a picture-perfect classical bowhold. His somewhat stilted bowstroke is something we work on weekly. As an aside, he has pins in his right wrist. I play a lot of fiddle, and over some years have learned to look at invented technique with a more open mind. I don't like to say another teacher is WRONG. But in both basic terms & individualized terms, I think he is. Thoughts? Sue
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