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Bowing Variations

Posted by bj on Sunday, November 16, 2008

Okay, this isn't a huge step up since I can still only play the songs at a snail's pace, and really have to think through what I'm doing as I'm doing it, but I've managed to add some bowing variations into two songs now. This may be a small step, but the fact that I'm doing something that didn't seem to gel for me earlier on, no matter how hard I tried, makes me feel that it's a step up, even if it is a small step.

I'm approaching this in a somewhat formulaic manner at the mo, though as I get more comfortable with what needs doing to get me back on the bow pattern, it should come more quickly and easily. The goal being to eventually be able to mix this stuff up on the fly.

I'm playing each song first time through simply on the melody. Second time through with drones and/or the occasional double stop either on the accent or all through depending on the song and how it sounds. Third time through I'm bowrocking some of where I droned last time, usually on longer notes and breaking them into two, which means that after the rock, I have to sawstroke through where I'd usually slur the next two notes to get me back on pattern. I'm still working on adding the fourth time through, which involves adding in a nashville shuffle or two into the mix.

I've also added some left finger flourishes in a couple places. Small stuff. A slide up here. An eighth beat hesitation on the stop there. A quick chromatic run up there on the kickoff. A few other small things. I mostly do this on the simpler bowings that I'm more comfortable with, but when I'm on a roll I can carry some of the simpler flourishes on into the bowings I'm working in new.

The result? It's starting to sound . . .  fiddley! Or at least it will when I can kick it up a notch in the speed department. Yay!

I hope in a couple few weeks to be able to post another sound file with this new bow stuff going on.



2 comments on “Bowing Variations”

Rene Says:
Sunday, November 16, 2008 @5:09:27 PM

I'm clueless and envious. Count your blessing girlie, you have a great teacher...not fair.

bj Says:
Sunday, November 16, 2008 @6:01:43 PM

I haven't had a lesson since before Steve's knee surgery. I'm still working on the stuff he gave me to do ages ago . . .but yeah he is a great teacher. Did you ever get that video working?

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