How to Place Bow for Bowing Open String | Violin Lessons


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Okay. So, now I’m going to show you the importance of bowing open strings. As a beginner, but also as you get more advanced, it’s every important to always go back to open strings. And make sure you’re doing everything right in terms of sound and bow division so that you have the optimum sound quality that you want to achieve.

First, you would start with the A string. Now, in a previous video we spoke about how the fingers should be curled at the frog. And then straightened at the tip for the best bow weight distribution. That’s very important when doing your open strings.

Another very important thing about bowing open strings is where you are, where your bow is, on your string. Now, I call these lanes. This is lane one. It’s equal to the amount of hair you have and it’s right next to the bridge. That’s lane one. Now this is the sound you would get if you played in lane one.

Not very good. So, now I’m going to move the bow over a little to lane two. That was nice and big and pretty. Here’s lane three. I would say lane three is smack in the middle. A lot of people like lane three the best. But, I think it’s really important to play in lane two the best. It’s a beautiful sound. But it has power and even though you need to know how to play in all the lanes, lane two is that big, powerful sound you want to achieve and it’s a little harder to play there consistently than lane three. So, it’s a good one to practice.

Lane four is getting a little bit closer to the finger board. And when you get a little bit closer to the finger board, you’ll notice that the sound decreases. And this is lane five, almost on the finger board.
So, your optimum place when playing open strings is in lane two.

So, now you know two things. You’re gonna curl your fingers at the frog and you’re place the bow in lane two. And make sure that it’s a really straight line, very parallel to the bridge. You don’t want the bow this way. That’s diagonal to the bridge. Or the other way. That’s diagonal to the bridge the other way. Parallel, straight with the bridge and make sure it doesn’t leave lane two at all.

So, here’s open strings on the other strings. G string. E string. And all of those strings, I made sure I paid attention to the frog and lane two the entire way.


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  1. You are a great teacher. Talking to the point and demonstrating the techniques very well. Keep up the great work. Don't be discouraged by negative feedback. Thank you for your generosity for these excellent violin tutorials. Keep up the great work. Looking forward to more videos on violin lessons.

  2. How about yo tune your violin first, Second true professional play in between the bridge, with bow cane. Well if you would've been trained properly you would've known that. Because of the many different technical problems you have, your sounds is pretty bad, very shallow and very unpleasant to hear. Your sound to be honest is a quality of beginner violin player. Ohh and I did finished Juilliard School so if you have any question, please contact me any time, otherwise please stop doing what you are doing.

  3. Hi great teacher i could see a small twist when you reach the extreme frog can you pls teach that stroke

  4. This woman gets more and more knackered throughout this series. At one point I was worried that she had been kidnapped and forced to give endless violin tutorials in a shipping container somewhere. Someone should really check that she is OK.

  5. While this is a pretty good video, the movement of the fingers and the frog is an advanced bowing technique. Little beginners who play the violin, do not yet have the finger dexterity to be able to move the fingers in the way described. It would just be important that beginners can hold the bow with a bent thumb and and a relaxed bow hold. There is a whole different number of exercises needed to teach violin students how to use their fingers appropriately while moving the bow.


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