I took up the violin nine months ago at age 57--maybe way too late, but I'm trying, and enjoying learning about music. My tone is poor, which is to say scratchy rather than smooth, especially on the D and G strings. I'm a little better with the left hand, but I think the bowing of the strings is where I need the most improvement. I'm using the book Essential Elements for Strings--working throught it for the second time--and playing some Beatles music in addition. I've only been able to have three lessons so far.
I know that my bow grip is inconsistent: my third and fourth fingers ride up the bow after a bit. I was also told to move my upper arm less, but this seems tough to controI.
I wonder if anyone would have suggestions for getting better--more playing of scales, which I do a little (in D major)--or particular exercises or books that might be helpful. Thanks.
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