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Hi! I’m Vi Wickam, and this is quick tip!
I’ve been working with a number of my students in my private practice on their bowing, and one of the things that I came across again that I’ve forgotten about was a trick one of my teachers taught me when I was a teenager that really helps with bowing.
When you’re trying to play a long, smooth bow, there’s a trick- you can put a penny, which I happen to have a nice shiny penny right here… Put the shiny, nice penny on the top of your right hand, and then when you’re bowing a long, slow bow- if you’re doing it right, you should be able to keep the penny flat.
Keep it from falling off your hand. You can do it on all of the strings- The G is the hardest. And if you’ll notice, what’s happening to my wrist- my wrist is adjusting to keep the top of my hand just about flat.
If you’re having trouble with long, smooth bows, and keeping your tone even and consistent- the penny trick is maybe just the trick for you!
Have a good week!