Up Bow. Using 1 to 2" micro bows – all up bows – move from tip to frog, with Full Stops between each stroke. (You can end at the silver wrapping or the frog where the clip is.)
Your objective is to create a strong and rich sound, and a bit heavy is preferable to light. Take your time. This is not metronomic! It is all about learning the feel of the bow+string. At all points along the bow feel the connection of the bow INTO the string, through your hand.
In the top 1⁄3 of the bow you will need to leverage weight onto the bow by leaning into it through your arm (keeping your arm in the normal position) and pressing down a bit with your index finger.
The middle 1⁄3 is simple, as the natural balance and weight on the bow easily creates a good sound.
The lower 1⁄3 requires that we slightly lift some weight off the bow, as otherwise we’ll get the famous “crunch” effect. Make it a policy to never start over on this exercise: simply improve as you go.
Down Bow. The second half of the exercise is to reverse direction, moving downbow from frog to tip.
The exercise should be done as an upbow + downbow set, one right after the other. 2-3 sets is a good number for your warm-up .
This warm-up is a winner! Lots of folks are loving the cumulative effects and a new awareness of their bowing experience, including significantly more control and comfort.