ERIC EDBERG

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Right-Hand (and Arm) Technique

Using the Weight of the Bow

Many cello students don't realize that cello bows have been designed to be the right weight to produce a good sound without any arm weight being added.  While we often do add arm weight, I've found it very useful to learn to play using only the weight of the bow itself, while holding the bow very lightly. 

In this clip, I discuss using bow weight, using a bow hold in which the hand can "pivot" for bow changes, and conclude by playing through "The Swan" by Saint-Saëns while narrating what I am trying to do physically. 

In future clips we'll explore adding arm weight, other approaches to holding the bow, "pushing" and "pulling" the bow, etc.

Left Hand/Arm Videos