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French Grip

Discussion in 'Jazz Technique [DB]' started by Ambrose, Nov 28, 2004.

  1. Ambrose


    Nov 28, 2004
    I live in Berlin and am hard pressed here to find somebody who plays a french bow. I study with a teacher here who is not quite sure how to help me wit my bow grip, and honestly I wonder if what she is showing me is more destructive than helpful. My question: Does anyone know of any websites where I can find pictures of the french grip from a number of different perspectives. Or maybe comeone can take pictures of themselves and post them or send them to me. I would be much appreciative, and hopefully in far less pain.
  2. Marcus Johnson

    Marcus Johnson

    Nov 28, 2001
    Here's a little somethin'...

    The photo's angle is a little weird, but it shows that the thumb is tucked under, and very stress-free. The fingers would be sort of evenly draped over the top of the stick. Make sure that your pinky finger isn't hyperextended towards the bow screw. Everything should be loose and relaxed.

    The term "bow grip" is a misnomer. It's more of a hold. If you're gripping the bow, you'll get pain at some point.
  3. albert19


    Dec 7, 2004

    I'm from Germany too.

    Can you explain me whats meant with "French Grip" ???
  4. bonniej


    Dec 8, 2004
    I would also like to know :) ????

  5. Marcus Johnson

    Marcus Johnson

    Nov 28, 2001
    Check out the pic in my previous post. That's a French hold.
  6. Andy Allen

    Andy Allen "Working Bassist"

    Aug 31, 2003
    Los Angeles, CA