Proper positioning of the bow as well as proper hold is crucial when playing the cello. Here are some tips:
Time Required: Depends on how long you will play. Beginners will be able to learn proper bow hold in minutes.
- Familiarize yourself with the parts of the bow. The edge of the bow is called the tip, on the other end is the screw which can be used to loosen or tighten the hair of the bow. That part which is rubbed against the strings is called the bow hair and it is attached to the frog which is the part the player grips when playing the cello.
- Grip the frog with your right hand.
- Your grip must be relaxed yet firm as you will be doing a lot of back and forth movement when playing.
- Keep your grip rounded, imagine you're holding a small ball.
- Your thumb should rest on the frog or near it.
- Your other four fingers will naturally fold loosely over the stick.
- Here are some photos to further guide you. Photo 1 and Photo 2 from Cello.Org