Schradieck No. 4
I have a questions about Schradieck's School of Violin Technics, exercise four. This exercise trains string crossings and asks us to use the wrist only. However, I am only able to use the wrist at the bottom half of the bow, and then I have to switch to using my arm because I cannot seem to move my wrist. How should I fix this?
Repeated, fast string changes are best done in the middle of the bow, at the balance point. At the frog is clumsy. At the tip requires too much motion. For "backwards" string changes [down-bow of the upper string, up-bow on the lower string], be a little below the balance point, so that the weight of the upper half helps pull the bow over to the lower string.
Something is probably problematic with the way that your right arm is set up. You should be able to use your wrist for string crossings, and your wrist in general should feel quite relaxed and loose.
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Hi Samwise, eh, Samwit :-) indeed this exercise can be done mainly with the wrist only. Do some kind of "bye bye" waving motion with the wrist mainly as if foolishly waving to a little child. Don't worry if your arm is moving a little bit along with it. After all everything should be supple so everything connected will move along. It needs practice so just keep practicing!
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TWIST IT LIKE A STIR FRY
I would think of it more as a doorknob-turning rotational motion rather than a door-knocking or waving motion.
Every time I see someone demonstrating this, and they say, "It's just a hand motion, no arm," as soon as they start playing there's always SOME involvement of their arm.
The question is always where the action is initiated from and not the totality of the muscles involved. Recommended book: "