William Fitzpatrick - violin expert

Videos for Violinists: Styrofoam

Learn how a piece of styrofoam can help with your bow draw

In this video, Prof. Fitzpatrick tells you how to draw your bow correctly by bending your right wrist like a piece of styrofoam.

Released on January 18, 2023

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Video Transcription

So I tell students that this should be very level, you know? And I tell them that it should bend or whatever, but it should be flexible. Well, how flexible? How do you make something like this, like a piece of wood? Maybe that's the wrong kind of imagery to use. How about a piece of styrofoam? Something that's flat like this, but bends, but comes back. Flat bends. I think I like this idea. What do you think about that? Catch a bow.

It's all straight. It's like styrofoam.
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William Strickler * VSM MEMBER * on January 18, 2023 @10:00 pm PST
Funny, I just saw a young violinist a few days ago that was snapping hard at each end of the bow stroke. I think snapping will sooner or later cause tendon problems. I like "Styrofoam" better. Like a spring coming back to its home position, not an over active jerk. Looks like you extend slightly (bend) at the end of a bow and un-extend (unbend) at the same time you change bow direction. Things to think about. Thanks! I could not hear her above the Grand Piano, but I would think her snap would cause a slight scratchy sound as the rosin over-grips the medal string that has just flexed the other way.
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