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Someone above made the comment that down-bows are pulling the bow and up-bows are pushing the bow. This may be true, but it's not my understanding. Clearly, down-bows are pulling the bow over the string. And I think the Russian style is for the hand to be somewhat rigid on the bow, so up-bows are indeed pushing on the string. But the in the ...


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It's easiest for the player to put downward pressure on the instrument string when the bow is making contact with the string near the end that the player holds (the 'frog' end). This means that on a downstroke (extending the arm), it's easier to start the bowing action with firmer pressure. Players tend to take advantage of this by using downstrokes to ...


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Yes, it is obvious. A note played "up-bow" sounds discernably different than a note played "down-bow". A string player can also play a series of notes continuously using the same long bowing motion, or the player can "saw" back-and-forth, reversing direction between each note. There are several other kinds of bowing articulation techniques as well. They all ...



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