Double Bass German Bow
When holding a german bow
the frog sits comfortably in the palm of the hand and the tip of the
thumb is placed on the stick. The index and
middle fingers lie against the side of the stick. The pinkie is curved
and touches the bottom of the frog.
When the bow is
the wrist will bend slightly
and fingers will straighten out a bit. The flexibility of the fingers
and wrist is crucial to later bowing technique.
For german bow players, the pressure (weight of the arm) comes through the
thumb. In fact, the bow should be able to supported entirely by thumb and pinkie.
By design, the german bow is capable of allowing a young player to produce
a big sound on the bass with less effort than the french bow. The french bow,
however, is more like the bows of the other instruments so many classroom teachers
prefer teaching french bow.
POSTURE • INSTRUMENT SIZING • INSTRUMENT POSITION
BOW HOLD • BOW STROKE • INTERMEDIATE RIGHT HAND SKILLS • ADVANCED RIGHT HAND SKILLS
LEFT HAND POSITION • SHIFTING • VIBRATO • ADVANCED LEFT HAND SKILLS