I'm trying to get back into playing with a bow - I used to know how to do this (some, I was never great but passable), but am having trouble diving back in. I haven't played arco in probably 8 years due to...well...life happenings. I also missed about 4 years of playing upright at all somewhere in there. I had two different teachers previously and settled on German bow after trying both. Now I cannot seem to get the German grip right again. I don't know if it is age, out of practice, etc. but I cannot get my hand to soften up while still maintaining any sense of control. I have been working fairly regularly on it for a few weeks now and am getting nowhere fast. Meaning, I have practiced for weeks and have not once felt good about it even for a split second. It got to the point that I tried my German bow overhand and it felt...much better, more natural, and comfortable. Which made me feel like I was taking crazy pills. Has anyone had something similar happen? I am seriously considering buying a french bow and grabbing a few lessons with someone who plays french.