A flexible bow hand
Last month I already worked to improve the wrist movement of my bow hand. Seemed I did it a bit wrong. I was been told that my right wrist was too stiff so I started moving my wrist up and down to play faster. It did help me to play faster but I couldn’t get a nice tone. See my post about the Pracht Etude 15 which I tried to do with the wrist movement. It didn’t work great. Now I realize that it’s not just moving the wrist up and down. Finger flexibility is also required and when moving down the wrist should also move to the right. When moving up, it should move also to the left to make it a fluid movement. I do realize a flexible bow hand cannot be achieved in a couple of weeks but I’m really starting to focus on it now and let’s hope there is at least an improvement by the end of the month.
I really liked this exercise for bow arm technique that Mark O’Connor is demonstrating in this video.
In May I’ll be practicing:
- Elementary Scales and Arpeggios: pages 2 – 10 which is a walk through all the major and minor scales in first position. I did those in April too, and I feel that I need to stick with this. I practice some scales from these pages every day, sometimes with long bow strokes, sometimes with martele, or staccato or vibrato or with a flexible bow hand movement. I combine the scale with other techniques so I can do more in the same amount of time.
- Robert Pracht Etude 24 which combines staccato and dynamics. I started practicing this etude in April but didn’t actually have enough time to focus on it. I suddenly started to like martele and “forgot” to keep practicing staccato…
- Weekly violin proficiency exercises by Heather Broadbent: number 11 which is about left hand pizzicato. This is completely new for me, so I’m very excited about this!
- Fiddle Collection of 25 famous fiddle tunes. It’s been quite some time since I last played a fiddle song and I’m totally in the mood to learn two new fiddle songs: “Scollay’s Reel” and “Road to Lisdoonvarna”!
- Concerto in B minor, 2nd movement, Oskar Rieding Opus 35. This concerto has 3 movements. I’ve already practiced and recorded the 1st movement (5 months progress video) and 3rd movement (6 months progress video). But I had skipped the 2nd movement because it was too hard to play it with good intonation. Also the slurred notes and the dynamics were way too difficult at the time. But I think now is a great moment to revisit this movement. I think it’s very beautiful and I will use it for my 1 year progress video on the 3rd of June!!