Preparing for the CLAY SMILE EXERCISE

By now, you probably noticed my arc-shaped smile.

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I’m smiling because I am about to share with you why I like my name. You learned that arcs are important in bowing and since I am skilled at bow knowledge, the name ARC makes sense. But wait, there is more.

The official term for using the bow is ARCO!
In string music, you always use the bow unless the term Pizzicato is written as the playing style instruction. String players are required to change from pizzicato to bowing during performance.
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If materials are available, the CLAY SMILE EXERCISE can literally be done with clay. However, when performed without clay, the benefits of the exercise are equally fun and rewarding. Remember to always use your most focused imagination.

Get ready to smile as you learn to unlock the motions of Bow-Wrist Rotational Inertia.

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Once you complete the exercise, you will earn the BOW-WRIST POWER-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