The STICK CRAWL
Increase the control and flexibility of your bow-hand.
Practice extension and rotation motions of your bow-hand.
Prepare your fine motor skills for bowing motions.
Learn to feel a loose range of motion and avoid muscle flexing.
While seated silently, rest your right wrist directly on the end of your right kneecap, palm faced up.
Make sure that your hand extends and hangs completely past the edge of your knee.
Feel the weight of your arm supported by your leg and relax all the muscles in your hand.
Pick up a stick with your left hand and now place it directly across your palm.
Feel the weight of the stick resting on the base segment of your fingers.
Do not grasp the stick and continue to keep your hand completely relaxed.
Slowly extend your thumb and reach for the stick and roll it to your fingertips.
Curve your thumb and stabilize the stick at the location of your fingertips.
Use your fingertips and your thumb to move the stick from end to end.
Travel the stick as if your bow-hand is crawling like an inchworm.
Do not allow the stick to leave your fingertips. Slowly move the stick horizontally. Stay clear of your palm.
When you get to the end of the stick, it’s time to change directions.
Thread the stick between individual fingers in order to turn the stick around.
Now, crawl to the other end of the stick.
Remain loose and continue crawling and turning the stick as efficiently as possible.
Perform the motions of the exercise for one minute.
Introducing the Bow
Parts of the Bow
How the Bow Works
Preparing to Hold the Bow
Stick Training Exercises
Finger Tasks and Functions
The Center-Finger and Ring-Finger
‘Casting’ the Bow-Hand
Clay Smile Exercise
The Bow-Arm Box
The Shoulder Arc
Finding the Bow Contact-Point
“Painting With Sound”
Bowing Exercises Menu
The Art of the Bow-Change
Mastery Checkpoint One
Building Bow Control
Bow Speed and Bow-Arm Motion
Bow Planning and Distribution
Slow Moving Bow Strokes
Individual Bow Segments
Traveling the Bow
Mastery Checkpoint Two
Slurs and Articulations
Locating the Bow’s Balance Point
Ricochet and Spiccato
Spiccato Brush Strokes
Multiple String Crossings
Virtuosic Bow Strokes
Mastery Checkpoint Three
SCROLL’s List of Bow Strokes
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