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Bowing issues

Discussion in 'Orchestral Technique [DB]' started by Diego Gonzalez, Jan 10, 2014.


  1. Hi, I'm learning double bass since an year ago and I'm pulishing my bowing (french) technique these days. I think I quite grasp the concept of using the arm weight in the frog area until the middle of the bow. I get a big round sound in that area. The problem is the upper portion of the bow. I can't discover how to use the weight of the arm in that area. I tried to use more pressure from my index finger or rotating the wrist but I think I'm hurting my forearm by doing that. That pressure turns into tension and pain in the arm muscles.

    How do you do it?

    -Diego
     
  2. jallenbass

    jallenbass Supporting Member Commercial User

    May 17, 2005
    Bend, Oregon
    You don't need much arm weight. I think of it as maybe 10 or 20% of your available arm weight. Think about bow placement between the bridge and fingerboard as well as bow speed first. Then add weight.