How to Place Bow for Bowing Open String | Violin Lessons


Okay. So, now I’m going to show you the importance
of bowing open strings. As a beginner, but also as you get more advanced,
it’s every important to always go back to open strings. And make sure you’re doing everything right
in terms of sound and bow division so that you have the optimum sound quality that you
want to achieve. First, you would start with the A string. Now, in a previous video we spoke about how
the fingers should be curled at the frog. And then straightened at the tip for the best
bow weight distribution. That’s very important when doing your open
strings. Another very important thing about bowing
open strings is where you are, where your bow is, on your string. Now, I call these lanes. This is lane one. It’s equal to the amount of hair you have
and it’s right next to the bridge. That’s lane one. Now this is the sound you would get if you
played in lane one. Not very good. So, now I’m going to move the bow over a little
to lane two. That was nice and big and pretty. Here’s lane three. I would say lane three is smack in the middle. A lot of people like lane three the best. But, I think it’s really important to play
in lane two the best. It’s a beautiful sound. But it has power and even though you need
to know how to play in all the lanes, lane two is that big, powerful sound you want to
achieve and it’s a little harder to play there consistently than lane three. So, it’s a good one to practice. Lane four is getting a little bit closer to
the finger board. And when you get a little bit closer to the
finger board, you’ll notice that the sound decreases. And this is lane five, almost on the finger
board. So, your optimum place when playing open strings
is in lane two. So, now you know two things. You’re gonna curl your fingers at the frog
and you’re place the bow in lane two. And make sure that it’s a really straight
line, very parallel to the bridge. You don’t want the bow this way. That’s diagonal to the bridge. Or the other way. That’s diagonal to the bridge the other way. Parallel, straight with the bridge and make
sure it doesn’t leave lane two at all. So, here’s open strings on the other strings. G string. E string. And all of those strings, I made sure I paid
attention to the frog and lane two the entire way.

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