Today, a fellow double bassist, sent me this 'finger bow' :

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What is the purpose of such a thing?

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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 switch between finger style and bowing.

  • Is this used to play short arco passages or is it used like a normal bow? Commented Aug 2, 2015 at 22:28
  • It's not intended to replace a normal bow, so I assume it's used for short arco passages in primarily pizzicato pieces. That doesn't prevent you from using it in longer arco passages. Commented Aug 3, 2015 at 0:35

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