Paintbrushes, Pendulums and the No-Hold Bow Hold


String Webinar Series: Webinar #2

Paintbrushes, Pendulums and the No-Hold Bow Hold:
the Fundamentals of Artistic Violin Bow Technique

Presented by Caron Chan

Date: Tuesday 30 June
Time: 7.30pm (AEST)
Location: Online via Zoom


PD Certificate Provided

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Flexibility and sensitivity in the bow hand and arm are essential for the development of an artistic technique. In this webinar, violinist and pedagogue Caron Chan will focus on teaching a balanced and flexible bow hold, which allows for the transfer of natural arm weight into the string for optimal tone production and stroke development.

The presentation will provide ideas and exercises for teaching:

  • a balanced, flexible and sensitive bow hold
  • transfer of bow weight from the heel to the tip
  • the feeling of horizontal resistance to the string
  • straight bows and bow changes
  • preparatory and follow-through movements of the bow

There will be a Q&A during  the webinar, giving attendees an opportunity to ask questions. After you have watched the webinar, you will be able to download a PD certificate, and you will be sent a link to the recording.

Participants are encouraged to try out the bow exercises during the webinar. We recommend you have your bow ready before the webinar starts.

How to Register
Click on the registration link below. Enter your name and email address to sign up for the FREE webinar. After you've registered, you'll receive a confirmation email with some instructions and a link to join the webinar. You'll also receive a reminder email 24 hours before the event is due to take place, and 1 hour prior to the start time.

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Don't worry if you can't attend the webinar at the published time. Simply go ahead and register and you'll receive a link to watch the replay.

How to Join a Zoom Webinar
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Genevieve Newton
Victorian Music Teachers' Association
T: (03) 5243 4200

About the Presenter


Caron Chan is the Chief Strings Examiner for the AMEB (NSW). A former lecturer in Violin at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music, Caron is passionate about training musicians of the highest calibre and co-convened the Australian Violin Pedagogy Conference in 2017 and 2019 in Sydney.

She regularly presents professional development seminars at the Sydney String Centre, for AUSTA (NSW) and at Sydney’s leading independent schools. Caron is currently working on the new AMEB Series 10 Violin Syllabus.

In addition to her work as a teacher, examiner and adjudicator, Caron has performed with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra, New Zealand Symphony Orchestra, Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra and Opera Australia Orchestra.


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