A bow hold that challenges us all

When I first saw this young man play I thought. Here is a child missing fingers looking for an instrument to make music on,  that could not be deterred. Suzuki Sensei would have just beamed. I can just hear him saying something like, ” See, even if you don’t have fingers you can hold a bow and play the violin with your elbow. See how the elbow plays the violin in front of the body. The elbow is where the tone starts with the motion of the arm.”

Right about now my students are so happy that I can’t think of an easy way to attach their bows to their elbows. It would be an innovative violin lesson they would never forget. Just one more crazy way to understand how their bow arms really work.

For now I will just have to think about how Adrian uses his whole body to move that bow and lift it to the strings without a long forearm. This is clearly an extraordinary adoption that those of us who have an arm and hands in the way are not motivated to pursue. What impresses me is that Adrian does not let lacking a full arm get between him and his music.


Adrian Anantawan – Intro to his Doc

 It is a challenge posed to every Suzuki Teacher and parent that every child can benefit from the enrichment of music in their lives and maybe even change the lives of the people he plays for.   We are humbled by the fact that we are the ones most likely to create the obstacles in a young

persons life if we do not appreciate Suzuki Sensei’s vision.

If you are a violin student please watch Adrian Sensei’s amazing master class.

By the way Adrian, when are you coming to Orange County, CA to play for my students at SASS and TEC. You have to come and check out our new concert hall at the Performing Arts Center in Santa Ana.

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Transcription – audio podcast Interview with violinist Adrian Anantawan http://www.bloorview.ca/about/accountability/annualreport/AdrianAnantawan_podcast.php