Violin Bow Hold Pinky Episode 5
Your pinky is a little finger with a big job. Your pink is your violin bow lifting finger. As you learn to use your pinking for all bow lifting your violin ( fiddle ) tone will be come smooth and strong.
As with all your fingers of your bow hand, your pinky needs to be curved and relaxed. If you find any pain or excessive tension in your pinky or related mussels try and relax the finger. Relaxed hand mussels mean smooth tone.
Your pinky’s tip should be placed on the violin bow stick. There should be a gentle curve from your pinky’s third knuckle down to the tip. Do not place your pinky on the metal adjustment screw at the end of your violin bow.
There can be a slight gap between your pinky and your ring finger, but not excessive. Let comfort guide you.
As I mentioned earlier, the pinky is your lifting finger. Think of your violin bow as a teeter totter with you thumb as the pivot point. Your index finger is a person on one end of the teeter totter and your pinky is the other. As your pinky pushes downward on the bow stick the tip should rise – like a teeter totter. This is how you lift your bow. The motion of the hand and wrist should be a turning motion, much like pouring a pop bottle or glass of water. As you turn your hand to lower your pinky your violin bow’s tip will rise.
Be careful as you explore using your pinky. It is a weak finger and you may find that it will become tired easily. It will take a little time and constant practice to improve your pinky strength. Be patient.
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.
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