French bow grip

Discussion in 'Bows and Rosin [DB]' started by darrenmccarthy, Apr 13, 2012.

  1. darrenmccarthy


    Jun 1, 2011
    Any tips on French bow grip?

    I'm having a roughy time with it at the mo, finding it difficult to relax my right hand, get a good consistent sound , Cross strings (specifically a to g playing a b) thanks x
  2. Phil Smith

    Phil Smith Mr Sumisu 2 U

    May 30, 2000
    Peoples Republic of Brooklyn
    Creator of: iGigBook for Android/iOS
    Don't think "grip", think "hold".
  3. Sdtrf


    Apr 17, 2012
    2. Put the bow between your right thumb and middle finger. He tip of your thumb should touch the stick next to the frog, with your middle finger extended to the ferrule the rest of your fingers on the frog and make sure your thumb is curved

    Got this out of my book that I learne how to play some of the notes from but I tweeked it a little bit:)
    Hope this helps!
  4. Sdtrf


    Apr 17, 2012
    Also don't hold it in a death grip :)
  5. Andy Mopley

    Andy Mopley

    Sep 24, 2011
    Try German...
  6. darrenmccarthy


    Jun 1, 2011
    Thanks for the post. I've heard this a lot lately, what makes you say that?
  7. Andy Mopley

    Andy Mopley

    Sep 24, 2011
  8. DC Bass

    DC Bass Supporting Member

    Mar 28, 2010
    Laurel, Maryland, USA
    Uh...with all due respect, I would recommend not deviating from what your teacher shows you- unless the teacher has give you permission and is overseeing what you are doing. Learning a bow hold is not rocket surgery, but it can take a while before if feels natural.

    Your teacher should be teaching you a "correct" bow hold, and there are more than one to be sure- but taking matters into your own hands (so to speak) will most likely only end up wasting time for both you and your teacher- and could well leave you with a bunch of bad habits to unlearn.

    Your teacher is there to help you learn- and to help you avoid pitfalls- be patient and mindfully do what he or she says and you will learn a lot faster! Sometimes things can seem tedious, or feel a little awkward- again: PATIENCE and MINDFULNESS.

    Eventully the bow will "disappear" into your hand and arm, and become a musical extension of your body.

    BTW- IMO That Andrew Anderson link should be required viewing for ANYONE and EVERYONE who aspires to play arco. :hyper:


  9. Andy Mopley

    Andy Mopley

    Sep 24, 2011
    Spot on, thanks for correcting me.