Lesson 1 will start with the position of holding the violin and go over technique.
We will also study exercises 1-5 on page four.
-Keep all fingers curved and rounded, touch all finger tips to thumb to check roundness and relax.-Fill up bathtub or use water source to drag arm and hand through slowly mimicking bow strokes; note the way your fingers elongate as you pull an up bow through the water and curve as your arm is pulled into a gentle down bow.-Also take notice how your wrist reacts when relaxed through the water. Apply this technique when bow is on the string maintaining a natural curve of all fingers.-Think of the bow as an extension of your arm. The deeper your grip on the bow, the more control you have. Whereas, a grip using only the fingertips would lack control of sound and stroke. One way to do this is to see two sets of ridges on your hand. The first ridge is close to your fingertips when your palm is face up. Most players tend to use this first ridge as a contact point. I encourage students to create contact with the second ridge on the bow. (the ridge that sits on the lower half of your fingers)
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