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This is an interesting post, though I am not a violist.

And so I wonder what violinists have found? My violin teacher, a baroque specialist & also a folk fiddler, holds his bow with his hand on the stick of the bow rather than the frog, but I prefer to be nearer the frog end myself, as I can control my bow better. The sound I make, good or bad, is very hit and miss, & my teacher always sounds fab, but that may have little to do with the way he holds his bow. :)
 

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I would like to put another query on this thread about bowing. When I returned to the violin almost 2 years ago, I was bowing with the flat of the bow. But both the teachers I have had since then play with the bow tilted away from the player, so I adopted that. However, the only time I performed in public my nerves caused 'bow shake'. It wasn't something I could control - I didn't feel all that nervous, but the tremors came from inside me and passed down my arm. It was mortifying.

The time approacheth that I'll be playing again (with Taggart on keyboard) & I'm dreading a repeat. I'm wondering if going back to playing with the flat of the bow would be beneficial in this respect - or in any other respect. What do you violinists think? Apparently some great violinists of the past played with flat bow hair, so why do most violinists today tilt their bow?

:tiphat: Thanks for any answers to this query; and a belated thank you to :angel: Eisa Viol that I am using this thread; it seemed silly to create a new one and then maybe not attract any posts. :eek:
 
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