Bowing

Everything you need to know to improve your bowing technique, from achieving a smooth, even tone, to mastering the bouncing strokes.

Latest Bowing

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Technique: Smooth string-crossings

2022-06-22T14:04:00+01:00

David Gillham, associate professor of violin at the University of British Colombia and string tutor at Domaine Forget, Quebec, Canada, on how to anticipate and execute string-crossings with maximum fluidity and control

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Historically informed performance: Baroque revolution

2022-05-16T07:31:00+01:00

Historically informed performance requires no secret code, argues Baroque violin professor Walter S. Reiter. The information is out there for the taking, and modern music colleges need to get ahead of the game

Spiccato, Sautillé and Staccato

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Spiccato and sautillé - two important bow strokes which are often confused

2021-11-11T16:40:00+00:00

Making the bow come off the string is a delicate art. Rok Klopčič looks at various approaches in this investigation from May 2004

Baroque​/Historically Informed

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Historically informed performance: Baroque revolution

2022-05-16T07:31:00+01:00

Historically informed performance requires no secret code, argues Baroque violin professor Walter S. Reiter. The information is out there for the taking, and modern music colleges need to get ahead of the game

Speed

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10 tips on maximising tone quality & projection

2021-11-04T10:30:00+00:00

From the archives: advice on projecting your best sound from over 120 years of The Strad

Bow Changes

Nils Mönkemeyer  Professor of viola at the University of Music and Performing Arts in Munich, Germany

Two simple exercises for smooth string crossings

2022-02-11T11:00:00+00:00

How to play controlled, smooth and seamless melodic lines

Bow hold

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9 ways to develop a flexible bow hold

2022-04-13T10:54:00+01:00

Advice for string players on avoiding tension in the bow hand and wrist from The Strad's Archive

String crossing

HR-David Gillham-19 cr UBC

Technique: Smooth string-crossings

2022-06-22T14:04:00+01:00

David Gillham, associate professor of violin at the University of British Colombia and string tutor at Domaine Forget, Quebec, Canada, on how to anticipate and execute string-crossings with maximum fluidity and control

Legato

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What is true violin legato?

2022-01-11T11:43:00+00:00

In an exclusive video premiere, violinist Daniel Kurganov examines the art of legato and what violinists can learn from singers

Ricochet

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Violinist Tomás Cotik on how to produce clear and controlled ricochet bowing

2020-12-18T12:00:00+00:00

The violinist demonstrates ricochet technique in a series of videos

​Jazz and Non-Classical Styles

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How to play a chop groove with Casey Driessen

2021-11-23T10:55:00+00:00

Fiddle player Casey Driessen offers exercises and audio examples on chop grooves to accompany his Technique article in the December 2021 issue