1. Long Bows
a. Use your whole bow, slow and fast, on all strings.
Challenge yourself to play full bows without making even
one little extraneous noise.
b. Play long bows with your metronome, 4 counts, 2 counts,
and then 1 count per bow. Try for consistent tone each
2. Bow Transitions
a. This is often where bad tone happens. Practice changing
bow direction (both at the frog and tip) and try to
b. Roll your bow slightly from one angle to the other as you
1. Video Recording
a. Get close-ups of both hands if you can.
b. Pay attention to your posture. Often, bad playing can be
fixed with better form.
c. Check your bow placement. Are you playing in the
2. Audio Recording
a. Check your timing against a metronome.
b. Is your playing strong and confident? If not, would it be
fixed by simply playing louder?
c. Are you trying to do too much? Are your notes and ideas
3. Professional Feedback
a. Ask a teacher or player you admire if you can hire them
to assess your recordings and give you some feedback on
those pesky details.