I've been playing for around a year, and am having tremendous trouble with my bow hand and bowing in general.
I try and play relaxed, but my fingers just end up bunched together and looking more like I'm holding a toothbrush, and sort of stick out over the top of the stick.
I try and hold onto the bow more firmly to keep the fingers where they should be, and it feels awkward and stiff and I end up in a mess.
One thing I've noticed when watching videos of people playing is, the bow always seems turned and the index and middle fingers seem to under even supporting the bow a little; very different to my "toothbrush" hold!
I'm just wondering if there are any teachers out there in the UK (I'm in Nottingham but can drive to where ever I need to) that could perhaps have a 1 on 1 with me for a couple of hours to try and help me get on the right track? I know not all of these things can be solved overnight, but it's getting to the point where I'm wondering if I should carry on because I just don't think I get it. I've consulted somebody locally, but that didn't work out, I've watched countless videos, read books, and spent ages experimenting, but I just know I'm missing something.
So if anyone feels they might be able to help, please let me know via private message.
After experimenting a little further this evening, I have found that it helps a little to bring my middle 2 fingers over the bow more, so I'm holding deeper into the bow, and it is starting to look more how I've seen of people playing. This has also bought my index contact point more towards the second joint and the sounds seems better (probably due to more weight). But I'm still struggling. Some questions are:
1) In some posts I've read that the fingers should be relaxed but fairly firm. In that case, should I be "feeling" the thumb against:
a) All my fingers, including index.
b) Pinky, 3rd and 2nd finger.
c) Index and pinky, with middle 2 mostly just flopped over.
d) Anything else...
2) I still find, especially as I get near the tip, that my 3rd and 2nd finger want to straighten out and no longer contact the frog.
3) Should the pronation of the hand into the bow (I always see the fingers curved towards the index) be generally more caused by a turning of the wrist (forearm) or raising the elbow? I find that if the wrist is turned, it cannot move / hang so easily, if that makes sense, and is what seems to bring my little finger off the bow.
I think my main problem is just understanding how it should all feel..
Thankyou... and sorry for the long post!
PS, Stephen, you mention prunes a lot - I tried them, they didn't help :(
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