Question by: Debbie
Reply by: Dr. David Wallace
You might check out Lesson 1 on Comfort with Your Instrument for some additional information.
If the bow is crooked, sometimes, it has to do with the instrument angle. If the bow drifts over the fingerboard, sometimes that means that the instrument is angled too far to our left. If the bow goes “behind our left ear,” it may be angled too much towards our center.
Here’s a good trick for keeping oneself on a straight path: practice in front of a mirror. Stand in a way so that your bridge looks like a straight line. That is, you can’t see the front or the back of the bridge.
You can only see the side of the bridge that is closest to the mirror. Once you have this view, you can see your bow angle very clearly and make sure that you bow parallel to that line.
From: Vi Wickam
Here are a couple of additional quick tips that might help you with keeping your bow straight:
And, Dr. David Wallace’s 5 Minute bow lesson is great for creating the relaxed awareness of your right hand that can help you straighten out your bow.