The most important step in bowing your instrument successfully is developing an excellent bow hold.
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Each specific finger location has a defined purpose!
Once mastered, they then work together as in a factory, a bow mechanics factory.
In a factory, assembly-line workers and supervisors perform individual tasks on assorted machinery, and their combined functions then produce the end result, the product. In the case of Sound Production, the Bow-Hand and Bow-Arm work individually with a bow, and they combine jobs, just like a factory.
Factories produce a product. String players produce beautiful sounds as the product!
Each finger is responsible for several tasks, individually and collectively. When combining specific tasks, you create a Bow-Hand Team!
Finger Tasks and Functions
  • THUMB — Anchor, Spring and Hinge
  • INDEX-FINGER — Bow-Hand Leader
  • CENTER-FINGER — Balances the Bow-Hand
  • RING-FINGER — Propels Continuos Motion
  • PINKY — Rotates the Bow-Hand
Bow-Hand Team Functions
Bow Mastery begins with a Focused Set-Up!
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Introducing the Bow     Parts of the Bow     The Stick     Horse-Hair     The Tip     The Frog     The Winding     How the Bow Works 
 Rosin     Preparing to Hold the Bow     Stick Training Exercises     Bowing Terminology     Down-Bow     Up-Bow     

Bow-Hand Set-Up    Finger Tasks and Functions     The Thumb     Meet ARC     Finger Segments     The Index-Finger   
Bow-Hand Pronation      The Center-Finger and Ring-Finger     Bow-Hand Fulcrum     Ring-Finger Propulsion     Bass Bows 
 Pinky Bow-Tasks     ‘Casting’ the Bow-Hand    Bow-Wrist Tasks    Rotational Inertia    Arco    Clay Smile Exercise    Meet ANGLE 

The Bow-Arm Box     The Shoulder Arc     Bow Contact-Point     String Lanes     Bow-Segment Mastery     Bowing Exercises 

Finding the Bow Contact-Point     “Painting With Sound”     Bowing Exercises Menu     Bow Taps     Bowing Traditions 

Perform Down-Bows     Perform Up-Bows     The Art of the Bow-Change     Articulations     Staccato     Legato 

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     Bowing Dynamics     Mastery Checkpoint Two 

Advanced Techniques     Slurs and Articulations     Slur Training     Locating the Bow’s Balance Point     Ricochet and Spiccato 

Exploring Ricochet     Ricochet Control     Spiccato Training     Spiccato Control     Spiccato Brush Strokes 

Multiple String Crossings     Virtuosic Bow Strokes     Arpeggio Bowing     “Flying” Staccato     Mastery Checkpoint Three 

SCROLL’s List of Bow Strokes