New bow shivering
I've been playing for 30 years but gave up any aspirations of playing professionally due to my EDS and joint issues many years ago. I still love playing, and try to do daily exercises to keep improving. There are some issues though, vibrato has been excruciating for a long time, and I have a slight residual tremor in my right hand. I recently bought a new bow and violin. I've spent most of my life playing on a very basic Chinese made violin and a very cheap bow. I recently spent more money on a lovely old German trade violin and a better bow, not anything as good as most probably play, but given I can't ever do more than play for enjoyment I spent what I was comfortable spending. I got an advanced student pernambuco bow which was around £150 but ever since I'm having so many issues. It seems super sensitive and bouncy, most noticeably I can actually hear my tremor coming through the bowing, I don't hear it using my old Brazil wood bow, just this new one. I'm at a loss, is the bow just too good for me, or too sensitive? I'm going back to basics, practicing basic scales and all the books I see recommended here, but after a week of playing with it, it's not getting any better!
I e checked and experimented with the tension, making sure it's a pencil distance when I use it, I've tried short bows, long slow, tried upgrading rosin, and checking that I can't hear the same thing with any of my other bows. Any advice? It's the most expensive bow I've ever had and I really don't want to give up and go back to my 20 pound one without really attempting to figure it out but I'm at a loss as to what's going on! Any advice?
George makes a good point that the stick could be quite different in terms of its mechanical response properties.
My experience has been that a flexible bow will expose right-hand tremor more than a stiffer stick. It is possible (even likely) that a flexible stick will have come to you with too much hair and some relief is possible if the bow has less hair.
I'm wondering if the old very cheap bow was heavy and has therefore accustomed you to pressing the bow too lightly against the strings with your index finger?
Thank you, I will do some more experimenting tomorrow. I have a cheap bow that claims to be cf, however I belive its wood covered with cf fabric however its been repaired a few times with the hair coming out from the frog end, so it may very well be that the hair is looser than the new one, and a Brazil wood bow that's been rehaired recently with synthetic hair. Both are very well looked after and don't have lots of loose hairs, I'm very careful with them and quite particular about my rosin. I initially rejoiced at how light the octagonal pernambuco bow was, as my right knuckles are sinking so light means less pain, but I'm thinking that the heavier bows produced a better tone for me. It's frustrating, I live in the Highlands in Scotland so have no access to a violin shop, and bought the bow from a well regarded shop but online, I suppose it may be worth contacting them and asking them to exchange it. It took a lot to get myself to spend that much money, and I know its still a cheap bow, but it's a considerable amount to me! Maybe they can send me some on approval and i can send the one I'm not getting on with back, it's worth asking anyway.