This semester we had two visiting violin teachers in my university. I had the fortune to be chosen to play for both of them. They both wanted to talk about my sound. The first thought I was pushing the bow against the strings too much and producing a harsh sound. He adviced I should have a more relaxed, lower bow arm, more like letting the gravity pulling the bow from below. The second also thought I had to work with my sound and said that the elbow should be always at least as high as the bow, laying the bow in the strings by imposing the weight of the arm (gravity?) on it, rather than pressuring it against the strings. They both played recitals and had a fantastic, full sound. Though I personally think my sound works better with a higher bow arm, I can't fell relaxed with it. In opposition, with a lower bow arm I feel perfectly relaxed, although I can't seem to transfer all the weight of the arm into the strings. What are your thoughts?
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