Hannah G.

asked • 08/31/20

Violin bow grip

There is a ton of tension in my pinky when my hand is supporting the entire weight of the bow. This goes away when the bow is resting on the string, but I cannot get it to be relaxed when holding the bow in the air. I am curving my thumb, and I have tried many different hand angles. Is this correct or should I feel relaxed even when holding the weight of the bow?

Sally Y.

We need a strong right pinky in order to balance the bow, so you may try to train your pinky: try to hold the bow just with the thumb and pinky, meanwhile make sure the bow is parallel to the floor. Keep in mind that the pinky need to be curved. Practice holding the bow like this for 10-20 seconds every day, until one day you don't find it difficult to balance it with your pinky. It will be difficult at first, but it will get easier as you practice more. Good luck!


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Leticia B. answered • 09/05/20

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Orchestra Teacher with Violin Experience

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