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I'm assuming we are talking about natural horse hair and not synthetics. From what I understand, the white hair is finer and preferred by violin and viola players. The black hair is the coarsest and strongest and used almost exclusively in double bass bows. It 'grabs' the string better and is said to give a grittier sound. Here is an article from Strings ...


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The “Finger Bow” allows the player to instantly switch between finger style (pizzicato), and bowing (arco) with a flick of a finger. The bow is 10 3/8” long, and made of lightweight and resonate poplar wood. It is not intended to replace a traditional longer bow but to be a new tool for creative expression. -Finger Bow website Just an easier way to ...


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Bow tension The most important thing you could do for your bow is to keep it loosened when it is not in use. This is something that every string player must do when putting their bow back in the case after playing. Storage Placement-wise, it is best to leave the bow in the case and occasionally take it out into the sun. If you have a long plastic bag ...


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If you really want to work on your bowing, do it without involving the left hand. If you are fingering notes, part of your mind will always be thinking about the left hand. By eliminating it, you can learn to handle your bow hand better, and it carries over once you add the left hand back in. The single most useful thing will be to practice long tones. ...


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Well, Rule Number One is to make sure you wipe down your strings and your instrument after every session. Don't let rosin -- or anything else-- cake up on your axe. What little observation I've done suggests that beginners tend to over-rosin, but you can't really judge by the rate of dust or buildup on the strings. For one thing, different rosins have ...


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Honestly, I don't think it makes much of a difference by itself. On cello, the standard way to mellow down the sound is to angle the bow towards yourself – but that has the opposite effect as on violin / viola, namely that only the hairs farthest away from the bridge touch the string. The important points seem to be Few hairs on the string, no ...


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In short: Bows varied a lot during the baroque period, and evolved into something pretty similar to a modern bow. The bow in the first picture may be heavier, shorter, and with a less pronounced curve than a typical modern bow, and would be made of a different, less dense type of wood. But the picture doesn't show enough to tell all the detail of this ...


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The name for the sounds you are describing are indeed called Subharmonics. They were discovered by violinist Mari Kimura in the early 1990's and first presented in 1994. As her website states, I first discovered the technique from an age-old bowing exercise, a modified version of "Son Filé", drawing the bow very slowly but applying slightly more ...


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Long-tones. All the time. Extremely slowly. Always. Meditate on your open strings with long tones until they are perfect and serene and the bow only does what you want only when you want it. Long tones. Only when you can play your long tones in this way can you have control over all of the music you play. When I say "long", I mean "long" as in you sit with ...


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Jerky bowing comes down to a lot of things. One thing is that the balance of the bow is strikingly different at the tip and the nut. At the tip, you put pressure on the bow with your index finger with the thumb as pivot, middle and ring finger stabilizing the bow and the pinky on the screw giving a countercontrol for the pivot. All fingers are curved, no ...


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Your last guess is almost certainly correct: the ring is just to keep the hairs from getting jumbled during shipping. You can safely remove it.


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Bows are traditionally haired with the tail hair of horses (taken from the core, usually from males because their urination direction is more compatible with that goal). Horses come in different colors. I haven't kept up with the times so I don't know about the progress of synthetics for that purpose. My guess would be that black combines less favorably ...


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Source: I work in a music store and this is how we clean our instruments. Getting Rosin Off The most effective way to take rosin off of strings is to soak a cheese cloth in a little bit of nail polish remover. Afterwards, take the cloth and rub it against the string. The rosin should come off momentarily. Get a new cheese cloth when you see that the used ...



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