This area is presented for the purpose of defining the “bow plane” – that is, the path on which the bow, a three-dimensional object, travels through space. The issue of “balancing” on the plane is addressed under Right Hand/Arm Balance. Understanding and subsequently experiencing balance requires sensitivity and awareness to spatial orientation. We tend to approach our instrument as if we are dealing with two dimensions: up and down, or back and forth. The reality of curved surfaces can distort our perception and disorient us in our relationship to the instrument.
In order to better experience balance, we need to envision, embrace and organize the instrument’s curvature by defining the planes of our work area. Once this area is defined, we can explore how our body balances on a given plane, and then, how to move with balance between planes. It is helpful to consider that the bow has a path already pre-defined by the plane. It is our job simply to ensure that the bow remains on its pre-determined path, and not to define the path.