Useful Internet sites for Beginners from The String Pedagogy Notebook
Click on the links below to view descriptions and sample videos of the technique described. You will need a high speed internet connection to load the videos in a reasonable amount of time. If you don’t have quicktime, download it for free.
Bow Hold with a pencil (Quicktime video)
-Stay relaxed, natural and curved!
Pencil Bow Hold
Forming the Bow hold at the frog (Silent Quicktime video)
-Also try this technique with a vertical bow, sliding the thumb down to the frog gently.
Forming the Bow Hold
Longer, Narrated Video of forming the bowhold. (Takes a few minutes to load)
-Pay special attention to the first half, then try it yourself near a mirror.
Narrated Video of forming the Bow Hold
Strumming and Tapping Exercises
-make sure you remain “relaxed in the shape”
Strum and Tap
Three Points of Contact
-CONTACT, not 3 Points of Squeezing! Tap the thumb, and make sure it is relaxed. Tap the fingers in a vertical motion from the base joint. Gently slide the whole hand up and down the neck to ensure the index finger is not pressing against the neck.
3 Points of Contact