Violin Bowing Etudes

As a bow maker, I thought it would be nice to share a list of my top 5 studies that primarily focus on developing bow technique. To get the most out of these, one should always practice with awareness and a genuine understanding of exactly what is being worked on and why.

Bowing Technique Op. 50
Composed by August Casorti. Studies & Tutors. Sheet Music. Edition Peters #EP2516. Published by Edition Peters (PE.EP2516).

24 Studies, Opus 37
Preparatory to Kreutzer and Rode Studies. Composed by Jakob Dont. Edited by Ivan Galamian. Studies. Instructional book. With standard notation, bowings and fingerings. 35 pages. Published by International Music Company (IM.2378).

Contemporary Violin Technique, Volume 1
Scale and Arpeggio Exercises with Bowing and Rhythm Patterns. Composed by Ivan Galamian. Strings Methods. Instructional and Technique. Instructional book. 115 pages. Published by Galaxy Music Corporation (EC.1.2356).

36 Studies, Op. 20
Composed by Heinrich Ernst Kayser. Edited by Josef Gingold. Published by International Music Company (IM.3078).

School of Bowing Technics, Op. 2, Parts 1 & 2
Schirmer’s Library of Musical Classics, Vol. 2096. Composed by Ottakar Sevcik (1852-1934). Edited by Philipp Mittell. String Method. Instruction. Softcover. 64 pages. Published by G. Schirmer (HL.50490662).

What are you’re favorite etudes for developing bow technique?

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4 Replies to “Violin Bowing Etudes”

  1. May I add to the list a little-known book by Robert Jacoby, Weymouth U.K., who was a well respected teacher in the south of England. Titled ‘Violin Technique – A practical analysis for performers’ he is the only person I know who has been brave enough to describe both in modern language and with excellent manuscript examples, all the bow strokes that are given (usually) Italian names. A real eye-opener. Printed by Novello in 1985 it is now sadly out of print, but of course secondhand copies should be available. A must for every serious player’s bookshelf, and far better than endless ‘study’ repeats.

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