When starting a tune or a new phrase in a tune its better to start with a PULL. "Twinkle Twinkle little star" works out as: PULL PUSH, PULL PUSH, PULL PUSH, PULL. Right here you have to take your last pull's momentum around in a small a circle bringing you to a beginning pull next on "How I wonder what you are"--PULL PUSH, PULL PUSH, PULL PUSH, PULL.(Circle) "Way above the world so high"--- PULL PUSH, PULL PUSH, PULL PUSH, PULL.(Circle) "Like a diamond in the sky"--- PULL PUSH, PULL PUSH, PULL PUSH, PULL (circle to start tune again). See, when you start each phrase with a pull the order remains the same and each time you play that tune it will be easier to remember both the tune and how to bow it. In a certain tune this order might break down but still start anything you play with a PULL. This works for right and left handed players. Hope this helps. GREGG
Why is it better? What's the reasoning?
The main reason has to do with conservation of momentum. Circling around at certain points like the beginning of a phrase helps me remember what comes next in the tune. The bow and your memory will tell you once you've been playing this way long enough which direction, pull or push, is correct for the next note to played and so on. I really wonder how there's any other way to play.