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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?

  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.