The Right Hand / Arm Checklist (A)

The Right Hand / Arm Checklist (A)

https://www.violinschool.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/05/The-Right-Hand-Arm-Checklist-ViolinSchool-1.0.0.pdf

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We recommend using a checklist to help you remember the correct position for each part of your body. In part 1 of the course, we outlined a body checklist to keep your posture in good shape whilst you play. Now, we're going to do the same with the bowing arm* and hand!

The 'right hand' checklist will remind you of the correct positioning for your bowing arm. As with the body checklist, try downloading and printing the Right Hand/Arm checklist, and placing it somewhere obvious so you always see it as you pick up your bow, and it prompts you to find good positioning - every time!

Shoulder
... broad and released ...
... certainly not hunched or lifted! ...

Upper Arm / Elbow
... level ...
... not too high, not too low! ...
... proportionally on level plane with bow ...

Wrist
... flexible ...
... never locked ...
... hand generally parallel to ground ...

Hand
... released ...
... absolutely no gripping! ...

Thumb
... not locked ...
... bow is balanced on the thumb ...

1st, 2nd, & 3rd Fingers
... over bow ...
... sitting on top of the stick ...
... fingers dangling over ...

Little Finger
... on bow ...
... pinky on top of the stick ...

*(For most people, the bowing arm will be the right arm. We generally recommend playing with the violin in the left hand and the bow in the right hand, even if you're left handed. All of our trainings assume that you are holding the violin in the left hand and the bow in the right hand. If you're interested in understanding more about this, click here to read about playing the violin left-handed!)