William Fitzpatrick - violin expert

Videos for Violinists: Resting the bow on the thumb

The basics of resting your thumb on the bow

In this new short video, Prof. Fitzpatrick gives you the basic concepts of resting your thumb on the bow for a solid yet relaxed grip.

Released on June 1, 2022

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Video Transcription

Okay. So, force going up, force coming down, balance. Okay? Subsequently, we put our thumb like this to counterbalance that downward force. Suppose, however, we consider that our thumb can't go any further than that, okay? Now, could that counterbalance the force coming from above the weight of the arm? Not only that, if I do balance it this way, my thumb looks like this, I go like this, I feel tight. What if it's there and it's just resting? I'm not tight anymore. Oh.
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Lauren * VSM MEMBER * on October 19, 2022 @1:25 pm PST
It's actually the one in the title:
Videos for Violinists: Resting the bow on the thumb

The basics of resting your thumb on the bow

In this new short video, Prof. Fitzpatrick gives you the basic concepts of resting your thumb on the bow for a solid yet relaxed grip.

Released on June 1, 2022
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Fabrizio Ferrari - moderator and CEO, on October 19, 2022 @2:16 pm PST
You are absolutely right Lauren! I am so sorry, for some reason, we posted a different video here. Please, look above, now it is the correct one.

Thank you again for the heads up!

All the best,
Lauren * VSM MEMBER * on October 19, 2022 @10:12 am PST
This is not the video about the bow thumb. It's a great video, but I would like to see the other one, if possible.
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Fabrizio Ferrari - moderator and CEO, on October 19, 2022 @10:24 am PST
Lauren, is this the video you are talking about:

https://www.virtualsheetmusic.com/experts/william/no-thumb/

Please, let me know.
Stewart H Holder on October 19, 2022 @7:28 am PST
Dear Professor,

Many thanks for such illuminating advice.

By the way I note that you have retired?

Is that why you look so young?

Always a pleasure to pop in and look up a subject covering
my latest problem.

Might I just add that a previous video on staccato likening the right hand to the stitching process was all that I required to master it. Many thanks. Stewart (76)
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