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Another excerpt from my Improve Your Bowing Technique online course is featured in the December 2011 edition of Strings magazine! Want to move your bow from G to D? Or perhaps E to G? Or...A to E? No matter where you’re rocking your bow, your upper right arm provides the active motion to get you there. Like the wheels on your car, your upper arm actively moves you from point A to point B. But my bow can get to all the strings without much upper arm movement some may consider. Yes, this is true, however the quality of your bow’s contact with each string will be very different if you keep your upper arm stationed in one spot. This creates tone discrepancies ranging from airy, unclear sounds to full-on squeaks and slides. As fundamental as your upper right arm mechanics may seem, many players experience tone issues from time to time because they simply leave the arm behind, move too much, or move too late (moving too early could be a problem too, but a rare one in my experience).

Interested in learning more, or brushing up on your knowledge of bowing mechanics? If so, check out this excerpt:

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