Stevens Point, Wisconsin: University of Wisconsin--Stevens Point Telecommunications for the American Suzuki Talent Education Center
This is a condensation of lectures and lessons recorded at the 1976 Summer Institute at the University of WI.--Stevens Point. Dr. Suzuki discusses the correct bow hold, relaxation of the bow hand, weight distribution in bowing technique and thumb power. Dr. Suzuki demonstrates exercises at all ability levels for developing finger flexibility. The strength of the circle formed by the thumb and the second finger of the right hand is the basis for good tone. Dr. Suzuki refers to this as Thumb Power. He tests it by gently pushing down on the tip of the student's bow rather than pushing up as formerly advocated. To get the feeling of tip weight, a balance clip is placed at the end to assist in understanding weight distribution and the importance of Thumb Power. The fingers of the bow hand should be strong yet relaxed.