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Correcting the Right Hand Bow Position for the Student Violinist and Violist

Title: Correcting the Right Hand Bow Position for the Student Violinist and Violist.
Name(s): Topper, Matson Alan, author
Chapo, Eliot, professor directing treatise
Kubik, Ladislav, outside committee member
Spurgeon, Phillip, committee member
Georgiev, Lubomir, committee member
College of Music, degree granting department
Florida State University, degree granting institution
Type of Resource: text
Genre: Text
Issuance: monographic
Date Issued: 2002
Publisher: Florida State University
Place of Publication: Tallahassee, Florida
Physical Form: computer
online resource
Extent: 1 online resource
Language(s): English
Abstract/Description: A correct bow hold is of vital importance in achieving successful and advanced bow technique. A method for implementing and solidifying the correct right hand bow position is the purpose of this treatise. The result of the proper bowing technique, more explicitly a correct bow hold, leads to a beautiful tone production. Comfort and effortless playing are enhanced when the proper right hand technique is utilized. This treatise identifies the basic elements required for a correct bow hold as well as outlines a method for constructing, maintaining, and solidifying the correct hold. In addition, the treatise will identify specific elements of bowing that every student should achieve. A student who acquires the correct bow hold and learns bowing fundamentals will have the facility for a fine sound and volume of tone. To reach these goals, a student must develop control of the bow. Once a greater degree of proficiency is mastered, the student will be able to concentrate less on technique and more on the music. The content of five subsequent chapters will examine the development of the right hand based on the evolution of the bow, as well as pedagogues' descriptions of methods of the times and the mechanical application to the instrument. A consensus will be determined on what is the correct right hand position based on the writings of the most recognized teachers of our time. The author presents his version of the most practical right hand hold based on these writings, his own study, observations and discussions with fellow violinists and teachers. Selected Etudes used in the method will be identified and described as a course of practice for students/Subjects. This method will guide the student through a series of increasingly difficult Etudes, both left and right hand, to make the hold comfortable and feel like "second nature." A correct bow hold that allows proper basic bowing technique is vital in every student's development towards being a skilled violinist or violist. A method, pertaining to the right hand, must not only tell a student how to hold the bow correctly but also how to maintain and solidify this correction.
Identifier: FSU_migr_etd-1276 (IID)
Submitted Note: A Treatise Submitted to the School of Music in Partial Fulfillment of the Requirements for the Degree of Doctor of Music.
Degree Awarded: Fall Semester, 2002.
Date of Defense: October 30, 2002.
Keywords: Bow Postition, Violinist, Violist
Bibliography Note: Includes bibliographical references.
Advisory committee: Eliot Chapo, Professor Directing Treatise; Ladislav Kubik, Outside Committee Member; Phillip Spurgeon, Committee Member; Lubomir Georgiev, Committee Member.
Subject(s): Music
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Owner Institution: FSU

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Topper, M. A. (2002). Correcting the Right Hand Bow Position for the Student Violinist and Violist. Retrieved from