I discovered something today while practicing that I think I've been missing since day one, but I had to check with you all first. I started engaging my thumb (bow hand) more by counteracting the pressure of my index finger. It felt comfortable and my tone became more clear. Seems like I'm automatically playing "into the string" now since my bow has more pressure applied to the string this way.
It suddenly became clear to me that I've been only using my thumb minimally up until this point. Do you engage your thumb all/most of the time? I feel silly asking this if the answer is a resounding "duh! yes!" but I'm willing to risk the embarrassment just to find out. 8)
I know it's a difficult question to answer because the thumb may engage and disengage for different situations. Any comments on this point would be appreciated.
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