I have been fiddling since the late 70’s, but off and on, so all told I guess I have around 10 years under my belt.
My accordion teacher, who also does a tunes class that I attend with my fiddle, suggested a RADICALLY different bow hold that he learned from a classical Hungarian violinist: to hold at the grip,with a circular hand position, bow slightly angled.
That is more like what my first fiddle teacher, Frank Ferrell taught me. Dale Russ, teacher #2, taught me a different grip, which I currently use and am comfortable with: with the frog held with the flat part of the thumb, so that I can exert more pressure to improve my tone.
Granted, the tunes class teacher noted that my pinky was locked, and I am working on this.
But after searching the threads, I believe that James Kelly holds his bow similarly, with the thumb on the frog. I think it’s great for control, and for volume changes…and I still have freedom at my index and second finger, for triplets.
Any input? I am leaning towards keeping the current hold, relaxing the pinky and letting this slide on by for now.