You may or may not know that I was once, in fact, a soldier. It was an interesting time during which I overcame, among other things, my dislike of cats. The kitten in the title picture of this article started his life in the armoury and grew up in my uniform pocket. I went to great lengths to avoid the marching band, even denying that I had any musical training. However, I did learn a lot of traditional Greek and Armenian songs.
Most of all, I learned about discipline and pushing through hard times. I had to do things that I didn’t enjoy. Most of the time, I didn’t see the point of these things. But I also knew that if I didn’t do them, certain rewards or goals would stay out of my reach. Learning a musical instrument can sometimes feel like that. In this post we will go through a series of short, fun videos that will equip the young string player with drills and exercises to build good habits and lay a foundation.
Episode One: Beginning Drills!
Here will learn three exercises that you can do as often as you like. The first is a simple long bow stroke. This is something you need to be able to do with ease.
Episode 2: How to hold your bow
In this episode we will look at the bow. Bow hold is, admittedly, quite a strange sensation. But it’s important that you learn early on how to hold your bow in a way that allows you to control the bow and strings, while also allowing the muscles in the hand and forearm to operate naturally and without tension.