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 Violin Bow Hold Index Finger Episode 3

Some would say that the index finger is the most important finger of the violin. It is through the index finger that all our articulation is passed from our mind to our violin ( fiddle ). Any thoughts?

As with all our fingers, you need ensure that your index finger stays curved and relaxed.

When you hold your bow the bow stick need to contact your index finger at around your second knuckle. As you move your violin bow up and down on your violin ( fiddle ) you will find that the bow will move around a little on your index finger. Try to keep it close to your second knuckle though.

If you think of the violin bow as a teeter totter, your index finger will be a person on one end of the teeter totter and your pinky will be the person on the other. Your thumb will be the pivot point between the two. As your hand rotates (like pouring a glass of water) your index finger will press down and your thumb exerts pressure upward. This rotating motion is how we apply pressure into your violin bow and increase the sound.

Nothing can replace lessons with a qualified violin teacher. If anything in these videos contradict what you have been told by your teacher, please follow your teacher’s advice.

Whether you have a teacher or not these video tutorials can help you refine your violin playing. Each video is intended to examine a specific aspect of violin ( fiddle ) playing and explore how you can improve.

You need to practice as often as you can. Consistent, careful practice is the only way to improve on any musical instrument. Try and find a time in your schedule that works for you and stick to it each day. You may prefer practicing your music early or perhaps in the evening. Make a schedule and stick to it. For some people a good idea is to break up the violin practice into two or three segments throughout the day. You may practice scales in the morning, tone production during lunch and songs in the evening. Whatever works for you! Nothing can replace practice time.

Thank you,
Andrew Mercer