I normally hold my bow with most of the arm weight coming through the index finger (sort of subconscious I think from my first teacher...my current teacher hasn't had me alter any basics...) until a masterclass yesterday where the teacher suggested I try a different bow hold, with the weight more centered on the third and fourth fingers. I played the 1st mvt of the Mendelssohn E minor conc in the masterclass, and the teacher had me try the new bow hold on the opening, the fast passages after the second theme, the long slow bows on page 4, and some chords...and it did help me get a fuller, richer, more controlled and more focused sound. But today I tried playing through the whole thing with the new bow hold, and when I got first to the octaves at the end of the first page and then to the double stop passages on the second page, all the weight of my arm went to the index finger again...and I cannot for the life of me keep the bow hold the masterclass teacher showed me during those passages (especially the DS passages) without sounding bad...feels all wrong... Maybe I have messed up the hold since or I suppose it could be nervousness and habit kicking back at stressful spots... I hope that made sense. Any advice :-/
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