Can you spot what is terribly wrong with this picture? :)
I am always working very carefully with my beginning classes to ensure that they develop good habits. It is so hard to fix bad bow holds and pancake hands later on! I have a private student one time that always played with a pancake hand. Every week I coached her and did everything I could to keep her wrist straight using every game and gimic I could think of. By the end of each lesson, my student would start keeping her wrist straight. However, that practice was never reinforced once she got home and I was never able to completely fix her position.
I firmly believe that students must learn position correctly right from the beginning and I am very strict with my student's position. I am constantly checkin and fixing through every class period.
This video is my latest asset to help students understand the importance of learning things right the first time. I love showing them this video because it's funny and because they really remember the message behind it. The video is of a guy who is working out at the gym while eating junk food. I tell students that practicing while holding their instrument or bow incorrectly is like working out and eating junk food....it does no good at all!