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How many ways are there to hold a violin bow?

There are many ways to hold a violin bow. The two most common are the Russian grip and the Franco-Belgian grip. Russian Bow Grip: The hand is extremely pronated, with the fingers close together and the wrist up. This grip was used by famous violinists such as Jascha Heifetz, Mischa Elman, and Nathan Milstein.

What is the difference between Pernambuco and brazilwood?

The difference between the two bows comes from what part of the tree the wood is taken. Pernambuco comes from the denser, slow growing heartwood of the tree, and brazilwood comes from the less dense portion.

How do I improve my violin bow control?

4 Tips for Improving Your Violin Bowing Technique

  1. Hold the bow correctly. How you hold the bow determines the pressure and angle of the bow on the strings.
  2. Keep your elbow at a right-angle.
  3. Keep that bow in the middle – and the middle.
  4. Keep the bow flat on the strings.

What is the best bow hold?

2. the perfect bow hold

  • Hold your bow with your left hand.
  • Curve your index finger and place the first knuckle on the stick.
  • With the thumb and index finger carefully in place, turn the bow upward toward the ceiling and place the index finger on the bow so that the second knuckle is attached to the bow.

What is a baroque bow?

Baroque bows generally look straight or bent slightly outwards in the middle, with an elegant “swan-bill” pointed head. Typically made from strong, heavy snakewood, bows of the early 17th century were used to play both violins and violas. They were particularly short and light and well-suited for dance music.

How do I know if my violin bow is Pernambuco?

Pernambuco wood is often red-brown or orange-brown, Brazilwood is usually a duller medium brown. The density difference between Pernambuco and Brazilwood also lets bow makers make more precise and delicate cuts on Pernambuco, and give Pernambuco bows a beter strength and spring for the same weight of bow.

What kind of wood is used for violin bows?

Traditionally, violin bows are constructed using Pernambuco. Don’t be confused if you have heard Brazilwood— these are actually from the same tree. The difference is that the Pernambuco wood is removed from the core of the tree. It is easier to work and shape and more durable.

Are carbon fiber violin bows good?

Good quality carbon fiber bows are made for around 60% of carbon fiber and offer much better resonance. They offer better quality bows for a lot less money than wood bows. Only high-density carbon fiber bows, with 80% carbon fiber like Arcus bows, offer better sound and playability than pernambuco.

How long does a violin bow last?

“For most people, every 6 months to once a year is enough if all or most of the hairs are still intact.” Laurie Niles of the adds that “luthiers tend to recommend getting a bow rehair about every six months.”

How do you hold a violin bow correctly?

Holding the violin bow vertically in your right hand, start to crawl or inch your fingers up to the tip of the bow and back down without the help of your left hand. This exercise will help strengthen and improve flexibility in your fingers.

What is the proper bow hold?

Your index finger should rest around the stick at a finger’s space away from the middle finger, and the pinky should curve and rest on top of the bow stick. You should gently hold the bow without gripping it. Your fingers should be curved in a natural, relaxed form, and your joints should not be stiff.

What are the different types of Viola bows?


  • Codabow
  • Fiddlerman
  • Glasser
  • Helisson Cyrillo
  • Holstein
  • JonPaul
  • N/A
  • Pedi
  • R.F Hoyer