To Play or Not to Play Parallel to the Bridge



 

To play parallel or not?

Hans Jørgen Jensen is constantly pushing the boundaries of what we know about classical string music. His latest endeavor is taking on the fascinating, yet controversial, topic of whether or not the bow should be parallel to the bridge when playing.

The first part of this is understanding this concept and its implications. Hans has written two articles that explore the topic and the scientific research behind it.

To Play Parallel or Not: A Controversy of Technique, Part 1

Should the bow be parallel to the bridge? Hans introduces us to a question that has caused controversy over many years.

To Play Parallel or Not: A Controversy of Technique, Part 2

Hans shows us a ground-breaking scientific study that could change the way you think about and play your instrument!

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One Response to To Play or Not to Play Parallel to the Bridge

  1. Emily June 17, 2011 at 9:19 am #

    I would say that the real issue is control. I have my students play parallel during their formative years because it illustrates a level of physical intention and control. So many accidentally awful sounds are the result of not intending for your bow to be anywhere at all! After they can reliably put their bow where they want it, the training wheels come off, and we explore where they get the ideal combination of tone, color, stability and resonance. Sometimes that’s parallel, sometimes it’s at an angle.

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