In volume II of Montag's double bass method, I found these signs above the staff which look like they should be bowing signs. My guesses for the arrows are either alternating down-bow and up-bow or whole bow. My guess for the sign that looks like a rotated rest would be "frog".

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What do these signs mean? Are these standard signs or are these Montag's invention? (They are not explained in that volume – maybe they are in volume I.)

  • Your guesses seem plausible to me, and I actually like the symbols. They should be standardized... – leftaroundabout Jul 21 '19 at 18:59

The are defined in the introduction. The arrows mean "full bow" and the other symbol (which is fairly standard) means "at the frog".

See the picture for the full set of symbols - apologies for the poor quality.

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  • Many thanks – is this from the first volume? – Thomas W. Jul 22 '19 at 10:33
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    Hee hee -- what a nice polite way of saying "RTFM" . I remain amazed at the number of people -- in any field -- who skip the Introduction to a book or paper and then wonder why nothing makes sense. – Carl Witthoft Jul 22 '19 at 14:51
  • @CarlWitthoft I only have volume II here and this chart is not in it. – Thomas W. Jul 22 '19 at 18:54

Yes, I agree that you are probably right. The arrows mostly likely indicate using the whole bow. I have been a professional double bass player for about 40 years and I have never come across those symbols. They are not standard. If the second symbol does mean play at the frog, it is slightly unusual since it is a pp passage and would be more comfortable further up the bow.

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    As "Guest" answered, these are edition-specific. that is not at all unusual for various bowed-instrument study books. – Carl Witthoft Jul 22 '19 at 14:52

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