I took in a new student a couple of weeks ago and asked him to play a piece from Suzuki book 2 that he'd been practicing. To my astonishment, he held his bow with the thumb underneath the frog instead of the usual spot between the frog and grip. Either he is an unusually bright kid, diligent, or it's not very difficult to change over. I gave him a lesson on the proper way to hold the bow, and the next week he returned, already using better form than any of my other students.
Tell me, how many of you teach a different hold to young beginners? Why would you teach it this way? Or, if you don't, why not?
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