should of done this a long time ago....

Discussion in 'Orchestral Technique [DB]' started by what the pluck, Jan 16, 2016.

  1. what the pluck

    what the pluck

    Oct 13, 2010
    I am not an orchestral player but I play arco most of the time. I have never really felt 100% comfortable with my posture playing french, standing or sitting. I decide to try 2 things that I hadn't, a bent endpin and a german bow, standing. I made the endpin myself, it was easy, 16mm steel tube bent at 44 degrees, I just went with that angle as it seems to be what people are saying around this forum. I bought a second hand pernambuco German bow off ebay and had it rehaired.

    I wish I tried this a long time ago, the balance of the bass and the focus of my arms working together has really come into play and I feel very comfortable, for the first time i have really been able to nail things with my right arm.

    The weight just seems to be focused better for me with the German bow. I feel as though a lot of issues i have been trying to over come have been solved. For one, I prefer to stand but have been using a stool because my hand health was number 1 and I couldn't find a balance that didn't put weight on my thumb when standing, the bent endpin has fixed this. Secondly, after practicing like this for a little while I have found that slight soreness I had in my right top fore arm has gone. I think this was due to me not being able to get the weight correctly on the string with a french bow and now playing in what seems to be a much more comfortable posture wise is kind of like the exercise I needed to do, to stretch those muscles (I know it sounds weird) and the tightness has gone. And as a bonus, If this works out I don't need to carry a stool to gigs anymore.

    Anyway, just thought I'd share this as this for me feels like a nice step forward and my playing has opened up, and I really feel in sync. It's always been my right hand that didn't keep up with my left hand and I think I've solved that.

    Or am I being just a bit too zen?
  2. Steve Freides

    Steve Freides Former Mannes College Theory Faculty Supporting Member

    Dec 11, 2007
    Ridgewood, NJ
    @what the pluck, if it makes you happy and it makes you play better, what's not to like. I came by German much more easily but I feel like I can do more with French so I'm sticking with it, and I also play viola a bit and there is some benefit to my French bass playing from my viola playing, so that's another reason for me to stick with what I'm doing now.

  3. basic74


    Dec 28, 2012
    can´t be too much zen
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