I have been on the lookout for a violin teacher and have noticed in my search that everyone I come across teaches the modern Russian form of bowing. This bowing seems to use a fairly high arm, with relatively 'flat' wrist in all parts of the bow. I sent a video of my playing to one teacher in Sydney (I live in Australia) and he emailed me back saying that I had a very old fashioned style based on 1920's German technique that is now considered bad technique. My question is to ask if there are any teachers out there who are teaching this so called 'old' technique, as I like the sound and style of this manner of playing. I also detected a bit of snobbery from some people who have assured me that violin technique has really advanced from those early 20th century days. If this is so, why do so many violinists of those days sound so interesting and entertaining? If I look at old photographs of players from that time such as Elman, Szigeti, Kreisler, Huberman, Ysaye, Busch, Flesch, Sammons etc they all have a lowish arm and a wrist that is definitely not 'flat'. The teacher from Sydney described this bowing style as the "broken chicken wing style". This seems a rather harsh description for a bowing style that produced such excellent results. Any comments on this?
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