Am I the only one who has a bow with a mind of its own? My bow does whatever it wants. Unless I give it some attention. I think that as adult beginners we focus so much on the left hand that we just let the bow go on its merry way. After all, we do need to play the right notes and the left hand has that job. What it has taken me many years to learn is that the music comes from the right hand. Yes, it does. Don’t bow, just use your left hand and how lovely is that sound? Oh, right. What sound? There is no sound without the strings in motion and that is the job of the bow. I think that’s why my teacher stresses playing open strings with the bow as a warm up every day. It makes it more interesting to play on different parts of the string (i.e., near the fingerboard, then near the bridge), using more or less arm weight, and varying the speed. After all, these are some of the factors that change the sound. You need to do this to experiment with your bow to see and hear the various sounds that your bow makes. Have you read “Rosindust” by Cornelia Watkins? Great book for cellists. She talks about “developing a palette of sounds” using various bowing techniques. So forget the notes for a while and actually listen to the different sounds your bow can create. By practicing these techniques they will incorporate themselves into your music. Don’t forget to listen and pay attention to the different sounds and moods that you can create.