Flexible right hand
I am particularly facing problems regarding my wrist movements of my right hand. To produce clear tones, as I understand, I must have flexible wrists. Any particular study / etudes for this?
Is your right hand completely stiff?
Ryan: Yes, I can draw flowing, straight bows on an open string. Thus, my wrist is not exactly stiff, but it tends to be that way. At least I need to improve vastly on that.
What exactly does grade 7 mean? What pieces and technical studies are you working on?
These studies are sufficiently complexe to make it difficult to concentrate on sensations - unless we take a very short fragment and analyse the motions very, very slowly.
Suggestion to play Kreutzer 2 or similar very close to the frog, but still trying to produce a smooth sounding detache.
Just to add that my "ripe peach" trick only works if both the pinky
Among my students, the major cause of a stiff, locked wrist is the straight, locked 4th finger, which I see in lower grade students using the "Russian" hold. The antidote can be to do some baroque era, or fiddle tunes, entirely in the upper half, with the 4th finger completely off of the stick. After the wrist starts moving, then the fourth finger can go back on the bow, lightly, curved, next to the 3rd finger, not on top, but on the next facet over.
Joel, what do you mean "on the next facet over"? On the far side of the stick or on the near side closest to the body? Thanks!
Catherine, he means the side that faces the body.
Very often what I see in players at that level are bow holds that are too finger-tippy. A fingertip bow hold might work for Josh Bell but I think an intermediate student is better off with the bow further into the hand, that is to say with the gesture and ring fingers farther over the bow. Just push those two fingers another quarter inch to half inch farther over the bow. When you do that your pinky will land where it's supposed to be for a nice Franco-Belgian hold. It seems counter-intuitive that a deeper hold will be more flexible but I have found this to be the case. (Note that my hands are nothing special -- medium sized but rather fleshy and fairly powerful.)
continued,- Yes, "next facet over" would be the one closer to the body, and when the bow is slightly tilted, the fourth finger feels like it is on top, ready to push down when needed. And yes, it is better to tuck it into your hand when doing that experiment, rather than raising it in the air. Thanks to all jq
Thanks everyone, for their important inputs!
My suggestions: 1. Get off the computer (mouse). 2. See the Julia Bushkova bowing videos - at least #2 and 3.