The Shirley Givens Children's Violin Method:
Flexible bow hold, straight bow direction and good tone from
the beginning are taught through fun exercises and gymnastics
by Captain Thumb and the Sailors, Violinland characters.

Ahoy There! I'M CAPTAIN THUMB: Let's imagine that your bow is a ship! Your fingers can be the sailors!
Book 1C
Bow Position &

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