Bow Tilt


Michael & Joanne said: Feb 6, 2008
 Violin, Piano
4 posts

My daughter has been playing with the same teacher for the last 3 years and they have a great bond. I also can’t say enough good things about her and her patience. We do seem to be having a bit of a problem lately that I was hoping a teacher or parent would give me some advice. Our teacher came back from a summer institute and has been a maniac about having your bow tilted a great deal all the way to the tip. Previuos to that she was fine and even did it herself, with flattening the bow a the tip and then adding mire tilt as you get to the frog. I’ve noticed this subject come up in masters classes and with other parents. Is this the topic of the summer or something I’m just becoming aware of? Anyway our lessons have started to concentrate on only that aspect of playing. My daughter is eight and it’s starting to get to her a bit. Is it really necesary? It seems to cause a physical strain when I attempt.


Mike M
Homeschool Dad

Gabriel Villasurda said: Feb 7, 2008
Gabriel VillasurdaViolin, Viola
81 posts

This topic has been addressed before on this forum. You might do a search using the term bow angle

Look in the “Teachers” section on October 1, 2007.

Gabriel Villasurda
Ann Arbor MI

Michael & Joanne said: Feb 8, 2008
 Violin, Piano
4 posts

Thanks for your reply but I see a general description of bow movement but not my specific questions. Anybody else hav some ideas?

Mike M
Homeschool Dad

Sara said: Mar 4, 2008
191 posts

I think from what you are saying, it sounds like you might want to talk to your teacher when your daughter is not around and just ask her what the purpose is of this all of a sudden huge concentration on the bow tilt and that it is becoming frustrating and turning the student away.
I think a bow tilt is something one can work on without obsessing over it.

“What is man’s ultimate direction in life? It is to look for love, truth, virtue, and beauty.” Dr. Shinichi Suzuki

said: Feb 8, 2009
 36 posts

The reason is that you have more weight at the frog and you will get a cruchy sound if too much weight is in the bow. I always tell my students to PLAY WITH A FLAT HAIR because you will get a bigger sound because more hair is being used. This is really a detail sort of thing. What you want to concentrate on is the SOUND. Suzuki used animals to teach sound to kids.

HIPPO—Crunchy sound—too much weight, no enough speed

SPIDER—light, sul pont. soound—not enough weight too much speed

GOLD FISH—a good sound, but not big enough

TUNA—the best ever!!

Remember—3 things—weight, speed, and contact point.

Get these things in order and you will have tuna. How much hair to use and the tilt of the bow is really small things that affect these elements.

said: Feb 19, 2009
 24 posts


….What you want to concentrate on is the SOUND. Suzuki used animals to teach sound to kids.

In Step by Step, volume 2A you find Dr. Suzuki’s animals this way:

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