The movement of the left arm under and around the violin.
The place along the bow where the weight is evenly balanced.
The part of the finger where it joins the palm of the hand. (Also ‘Base knuckle’)
The part of the finger where it joins the palm of the hand. (Also ‘Base joint’)
Dividing the bowstroke into fractions of the length of the bow.
Overlapping bowing, where you bow across the shift.
A family of bow-strokes, played on-the-string and having a change of bowing direction with the articulation of each note.
The contact of the left hand at the violin neck with both the left thumb and the index finger.
The placing and lifting of fingers on the fingerboard. (Also ‘Finger action’)
The degree of contact between bowhair and string.
The end of the bow that houses the screw mechanism, where the hand holds the bow. (Also ‘Heel’ or ‘Nut’)
Added notes before and after the 3-octave scale make it divisible by 3 or 4.
A bowing pattern of three quavers played ‘down, down, up’
Audible sliding between pitches.
Release of playing pressure with the finger while still touching the string. This is the contact used when playing harmonics.
The end of the bow that houses the screw mechanism, where the hand holds the bow. (Also ‘Frog’ or ‘Nut’)
To begin the note the bow grips the string followed by a release during the stroke. Aim for a short sound with lots of resonance.
(Italian: Perpetual motion) A piece of music where the tune is constantly moving, usually at a rapid tempo.
End joint of finger with fingernail and fingertip.
The end of the bow that houses the screw mechanism, where the hand holds the bow. (Also ‘Heel’ or ‘Frog’)
The sound vibrations in a note that are at a higher frequency than the lowest frequency.
A virtuosic passage in a musical work, often featuring scales and runs.
The pathway of the bowstroke in relation to bridge and fingerboard.