Help, middle two fingers don’t stay on bow
I noticed today some things that I do with my bow hand that I might need to fix? Mainly that when I’m using the lower half closer to the frog, my middle and ring finger start to “float” off and basically leave my thumb, index, and pinky holding up the bow for the most part. Even then my index finger is barely holding on sometimes.
I think I remember my teacher saying it’s the opposite way around, so it should be mostly my middle two fingers and my thumb. I’m wondering how I can fix this problem and keep my middle two figers on the bow more. Also, if I do fix it, will it help my finger flexibility when bowing?
Sorry if this didn’t make any sense.
You just have to practice some slow studies like K2 in front of the mirror to watch your bow grip and pay attention to the feeling of contact with the fleshy parts of your middle and ring fingers. Even though you might be an advanced player, watching Todd Ehle's "bunny grip" youtube might actually be useful. The underlying cause might be elsewhere too. Might want to consider what's happening with your wrist and elbow for starters, and whether any adjustment there helps your finger issue.
Super-glue, or double-sided tape. ;-)
Super-glue can damage skin should you need to separate your fingers for maintenance, say, to fix a nasty nail crack. Go with the double-sided tape. >g<
In my opinion, the proper bow hold is the one that allows you to play most naturally given your physique (including shoulder, collarbone, neck, jaw and arm structure - and the health of your joints). That is a lot of different factors.
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