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Bow rocking

Posted by fiddlepogo on Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Bow rocking is a very important and cool technique.
There are different ways of doing it- you can do slurred bow-rocks like Tommy Jarrell did, or you can use individual strokes.
In either case, some of the notes are main melody notes, and those have to be stronger, and others are accompaniment, and those have to be softer.  Getting the balance right is the trick.

Yes, bow-rocks really seem to fit well in cross-tuning, and also seem to fit well in simpler tunes.

Lately I've been doing more complex, melodic tunes, and I don't seem to find the space to bow rock.

One bowing pattern I use a lot for bow rocks is what I call Smoothshuffle- 3-3-1-1.
It's one of the two shuffle patterns Brad Leftwich call's
"Melvin's Lick".

1 comment on “Bow rocking”

bj Says:
Tuesday, November 17, 2009 @3:36:58 PM

Did you know that you can bowrock with NO shuffles? ;-)

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