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Learn How to Perfect the Russian Bow Hold in Violin

Written by the MasterClass staff

Last updated: Sep 29, 2021 • 3 min read

A violinist’s success lies in their fingers. To reach the pinnacle of the instrument, a great violinist must master many elements of physical control. The violinist’s left hand is accountable for nimbleness across the fingerboard, vibrato technique, and proper strength from the first finger all the way to the pinky. Learn more about the vibrato technique here.

The right hand is responsible for bowing (as is true for all stringed instruments). This can involve dynamic changes (like crescendo or diminuendo) or it can involve manual dexterity. A successful right-hand technique starts with holding the bow in the proper way.