About the AcoustaGrip BowGrip
How does it assist with Bow control?
Without an AcoustaGrip “BowGrip” on the bow, there is a strong tendency for a violinist/violist or cellist’s thumb to become straight and slide through the opening, losing maximum control and thumb flexibility. Ivan Galamian, probably the most renowned teacher of the latter part of the 20th century, always cautioned his students with the following command (often heard by all his students: “BENTS YOUR TUMB” . . . further expletive deleted . . . translation: “keep your darn thumb always flexible and slightly “Bent”). When the AcoustaGrip BowGrip is correctly positioned on the bow, slightly above the frog, it forms a perfect “wedge” to block the thumb from sliding through, allowing a comfortable, flexible and secure grip.
The “best sound” is achieved with two factors:
1- “Straight Bowing” as close as possible to the bridge (for better overtones) and
2- “Equal sound production at the point and the frog.”
This is very important as there are compensating factors:
When you are at the Frog of the bow, you can use less bow hair as the weight of the arm compensates for less hair needed at the point to achieve similar volume of sound. Unless specifically required by the composer or the artist’s interpretation, it is “un-musical” to get louder and softer “constantly” within each bow stroke. The more secure and flexible the grip, the easier it is to avoid the “rigidity” of a straight thumb and to maintain even tone production.
Bow hair control is best managed by how one holds the bow, keeping the thumb flexible and controlled. The bow in this regard is controlled by the differing positions of the thumb as it relates to the ability to bend at the frog more than you bend your thumb at the point.
How does it make staccato and spiccato easier?
Staccato & Spiccato are very similar in that they both rely on the artists ability to “Pinch” the string slightly with the bow hair and release to move the bow and produce a short sharp sound. In one, the bow hair remains “on the string.” In the other, it is “off the string” in a sort of “bouncing pattern.” This boils down to an essential: the more secure and flexible your bow grip, the Easier, Faster, and Cleaner your staccato and
spiccato will become.
Do you have to unscrew the frog/stick to put it on?
Yes, but that is not a difficult task. Everyone has experience loosening their bow after practicing or performance. If you do not turn the screw and loosen the hair, your bow will lose its curve (known as “chamfer”). So, to unscrew the frog from the stick is just simply more revolutions of unscrewing the hair.
Even when the Frog is thus separated from the stick, the hair remains attached at the point, you then slip on the AcoustaGrip BowGrip, reattach the frog to the stick and “voila!” The BowGrip is ready to give you the extra control that comes from proper bowing technique, allowing you to experience the correct manner of producing the best sound and effects possible.
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