Printer-friendly version

How To (and should you) Bow Straight on the Violin or Viola?

Zlata Brouwer

Written by
Published: December 31, 2013 at 2:04 PM [UTC]

Why should you bow straight? What is the difference in sound it makes?

When shouldn't you bow straight?

How to bow straight?

Watch this video and learn!

Is this video useful to you? Please let me know in the comments!



PS: Do you have questions for me on violin or viola playing? Post a comment below or send an e-mail to

From Ellis Jackson
Posted on January 1, 2014 at 4:23 AM
Wonderful advice. I would add one of the keys to bowing straight (and tone production in general) is relaxation. It's easy to guide the bow to a curve once you learn to play relaxed straight strokes. Even within a single sounding point one will find so many different tone colors--especially at the ends of the bow! I see a lot of people uncomfortable with extended playing at the tip or frog...there are some heartfelt touches that can only be done at the frog (think Kreisler's music) and some elegant touches that can only be done at the point (plenty in Mozart!). It's not enough to settle while faffing around in the middle of the bow.

Great video, Zlata!

This entry has been archived and is no longer accepting comments.

Facebook Twitter YouTube Instagram Email is made possible by...

Shar Music
Shar Music: Check out our selection of Celtic music

Pirastro Strings
Pirastro Strings

JR Judd Violins
JR Judd Violins

Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra
Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra

Dimitri Musafia, Master Maker of Violin and Viola Cases
Dimitri Musafia, Master Maker of Violin and Viola Cases Summer Music Programs Directory
Find a Summer Music Program Shopping Guide Shopping Guide

The Wallis Presents

Metzler Violin Shop

Southwest Strings

Bobelock Cases

Johnson String Instrument/Carriage House Violins

Jargar Strings

Bay Fine Strings Violin Shop


Los Angeles Violin Shop


String Masters

Nazareth Gevorkian Violins

Laurie's Books

Discover the best of in these collections of editor Laurie Niles' exclusive interviews. Interviews Volume 1 Interviews Volume 1, with introduction by Hilary Hahn Interviews Volume 2 Interviews Volume 2, with introduction by Rachel Barton Pine