a shaped stick with horsehair or other material stretched between its ends, which is used to stroke the string and create sound

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Violin - Scratch Notes as Technique

A friend told me about an "advanced" violin technique involving pressing down with the bow very hard (but not too hard) on a note, producing a kind of scratch note; When done right, however, this ...
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Difference between a baroque violin bow and a normal violin bow

I just came across a baroque violin bow while browsing for strings, which looks something like this. I wondered if there is any difference between a bow of this kind and a normal bow. After a quick ...
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What is a finger bow?

Today, a fellow double bassist, sent me this 'finger bow' : What is the purpose of such a thing?
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How should I store my bow if I'm not using it for long periods of time?

I have a bow that I don't use over long periods of time (over 6 months, at times). I generally release its tension, and just leave it out in the open. I recently wondered if this is enough, or if I ...
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Which way do I tilt the bow hair?

I've been playing the viola for quite a few years. Recently I got a 16.5" viola and noticed that it was harder not to get a scratchy tone, especially on the A string. I noticed that tilting the bow ...
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What is the most effective way to clean the rosin off the strings?

When I use my bow to play double bass, there is always rosin stuck on the strings afterwards. If I leave that on the string for some time, it gets really hard to clean and the bow sticks to the ...
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How do you play two consecutive up bows?

I am currently learning Hunters' Chorus, and was a little confused about something by the marked note: As you can see, the note is supposed to be played as an up-bow, but when you are playing this ...
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The Kokyuu! (Holding down strings on bowed instruments)

I'm trying to learn a Japanese instrument called the Kokyuu (here, on the right), but I'm not sure if I should press the strings all the way against the neck, I was wondering if someone could help me ...
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What's the difference between the french and the german double bass bow?

There are two kind of bows for double bass: (French on top, German bottom) The related wiki article mentions some technique differences, but doesn't specify if the outcome is different or not. ...
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How to rosin a bow?

I very recently received a violin and am excited to start playing; however, my bow does not make sound. I googled it already but found very spotty instructions for how to rosin your bow for the first ...
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Does a guitar ebow work on bass?

I am interested in buying an electronic bow, but the one I found is for guitar. Would this ebow work for my bass? The description of the product says: E-Bow Plus - handheld electronic bow for ...
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Can I play Musical Saw with a Double Bass bow?

I am going to buy a musical saw soon, and I was wondering if I could use my double bass bow to play it. Q: Can I use my double bass bow to play the musical saw or do I have to get a new bow?
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Why does bowed string instrument size matter?

In the string family, you can buy instruments that are described in fractional sizes, like 3/4 violin. Is the tuning always the same, no matter the size of the instrument? Why is the instrument size ...
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Bow hold and broken thumb? Suggestions?

So it feels like I'm fighting the bow due to the angle of my thumb, it's not impossible but I could use a few pointers or suggestions. The standard bow hold is mildly ineffective for me.
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What purpose does adjusting the violin bow tension serve?

A violin bow has a screw that allows you to adjust the hairs' tension. Like a tuning peg so to speak. When I just got mine, I didn't pay attention to it. I worked with the tuning pegs because I knew ...
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Tips for bowing in the Spiccato-esque part of Tchaikovsky's Pezzo Capriccioso on the cello?

See this video, about three minutes in, for details: I'm having difficulty achieving the 'spiccato' sound at sufficient speed, and am looking for tips on the bowing ...
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Are there reasons to choose between a round-section or an octogonal-section bow?

The initial part of a violin, viola, or cello bow in modern models is always octogonal, but the rest of the stick can be either of round section or octogonal-faceted. Is it simply a different ...
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Why is (stiffness/speed of sound-travel of the wood) important for a bow?

High-end violin bows have been made for centuries out of permanbouc (a now rare and endangered brasilian wood) or equivalent woods and now synthetic material. Permambouc wood is praised for is ...
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How to remove all traces of rosin from a bow ?

I saw once the case of a beginner violinist that turned out to be allergic to a specific type of rosin that came with his student violin outfit. Another hypoallergenic rosin was purchased and they ...
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How does one change bow hair?

What are the steps to follow to unmount the hair from a bow and install a new set ? What kind of tools and products do you need beside a new set of bow hair ? How do you measure/adjust the length ...
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Why are violin bows longer than viola bows, than cello bows, than double-bass bows ?

What is the logic behind this ? As the larger instruments have larger gaps between the strings, I would have expected a larger bow to accomodate more easily continuous bowing while changing strings.
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What is the difference between 'martelé and 'détaché' bowing?

As the title asks, I wish it could be clear to me. Can someone give me a good characterization? Do you produce them differently on a cello than on a violin or viola?