Teaching right arm bow technique to violin students

Learning how to coordinate the movement of the right arm between the fingers, wrist, forearm, elbow, and shoulder is the goal of every violinist. Developing such a right arm can be very difficult however, because the subtlety that is required in the coordination of the parts is so fine it’s hard to communicate. In the past I’ve tried to teach this subtly by focusing on certain parts of the student’s arm, for instance the wrist or the placement of their fingers. The student would focus on these things in exclusion to any other part of their arm. What resulted was the student, perhaps, becoming a little bit more skilled with whatever part they were focusing on but the majority of the time the

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