How to Hold a Violin Bow - Beginner Violin Video

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One of the most important things in learning how to hold a violin bow is understanding where to place the fingers on the bow.

By learning how to hold a violin bow correctly, you’ll be on your way to getting a good sound.

1. Make sure your index finger is nicely over the stick.

2. Make sure you aren’t holding the bow too tight.

3. You also want to make sure your fingers are overall relaxed on the bow.

4. Make sure you curve the thumb in the groove of the violin bow.

5. Ensure that your pinky is curved on the button.

These are all very important elements how how to hold a violin bow that you must work on.

Many students stiffen their pinky which causes issues later on with playing the violin bow at the frog.

If you do these things, you’ll be on your way to applying proper application to pulling the bow back and forth.

How to Hold the Violin Bow – Additional Tips

1. Avoid using your thumb and pinky to guide the violin bow.

2. Use the index finger to push the violin bow downwards for varying dynamics.

3. Focus on keeping tension away from the violin bow at all times.

If you want detailed help on how to establish solid technique on the violin, I highly recommend my Perfect Vibrato course which covers foundations of setting up the left hand, right hand and detailed steps on how to improve your sound.

This course covers how to improve vibrato, and also is an excellent four-week study of how to get rid of many bad habits you may have currently when playing the violin. The course includes how to hold a violin bow properly, and how to get the most efficiently out of your bow stroke.

It is appropriate for beginners as well as anyone under fifteen years of experience who wants to improve their sound.

I also have a great article that you can covers how to learn the violin from scratch. I highly recommend checking it our as it will teach you all the basics you should know about playing the violin.

Here is also a free Youtube playlist for how to play the violin.


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  • Adriane on

    Glad I saw this, it explained and showed so well why my hand was so tense!


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