What is striking to me is how still Milstein's wrist is thoughout the bow stroke, maintaining almost the same natural angle from heel to tip. Heifetz too had this natural wrist position, though to a somewhat lesser degree. But how is it achieved?
For a player like myself with rather average abilities, I feel that the simpler things are, the less there is to go wrong! Plus a natural angle of the wrist surely reduces the risk of injury.
I'm using a Milstein-style bow-hold and have a similar physique. I've got quite close to his wrist position at the heel, but still have signifcantly more bend in my wrist at the tip.
Watching the great Auer students closely, they seem to be pulling the elbow a little back from straight at the tip, which helps the wrist achieve a more natural position. But still not the neutral position achieved by Milstein, for me at least.
What does seem to work is dropping the elbow a little approaching the tip and supinating the forearm slightly, but I can't see any evidence that he's doing this - the angle of his upper arm seems to remain consistent throughout the stroke. And dropping the elbow adds complication where I'm looking for simplicity.
So what am I missing?
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