heavy bow


said: Jan 18, 2011
 15 posts

My six year-old plays with heavy bow: slow, short and pressing. He does need to relax his bowhold, which seems to add to the problem. Even as he’s improving his bowhold, I’m having hard time trying to communicate the importance of light, fast, and long bow to produce lighter/smoother sound. He understands the differences in the sound each kind of bowing makes, but it hasn’t translated into his own playing. Is this a communication problem, or something else? Any tips?

Laurel said: Jan 18, 2011
Laurel MacCulloch
Suzuki Association Member
Langley, BC
120 posts

You could try one thing at a time—maybe playing with longer bows.

Does he have tapes on his bow? you can say that the space in between the tapes is the “crocodile pit”, and beyond the tapes are the riverbanks. Can he get from bank to bank with each bow stroke, without stopping in the crocodile pit?

Hope this helps!

said: Jan 19, 2011
 15 posts

Wow, you do speak his language, don’t you? So much better to use “their” language than just repeating “longer bow”! I feel relieved to have a new tool to use. Thank you.

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