Posted by David Sanders on May 09, 1999 at 19:45:44:
In Reply to: the mystery of bowing straight posted by Theo on May 08, 1999 at 22:54:12:
: I've always had trouble with bowing straight... on down bows the tip travels towars the fingerboard several inches, and on up bows, the opposite..(towards the bridge).
: How could I fix this habit? Is it just a matter of opening the elbow? Does bowing straight mean that one's completely relaxed?
Along with practicing in front of a mirror, you can practice open strings while guiding the bow between your thumb and first or second finger. Rest your fingers on the g string and play the open d string. This should force the bow to go straight.
I may not be describing this very well. It's been a really long time since I did it.
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