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Another gig with the new bow

Posted by fiddlepogo on Monday, January 11, 2010

Today I did one of my favorite volunteer gigs.  They're very enthusiastic, and the acoustics are good- so good I don't need any sound reinforcement.  And today they had a brand new activity aide who GETS IT!!!  Even though she hadn't heard me before, she'd been talking up the performance all morning, and got a good turnout!

Anyway, the acoustics are so good that I can really hear the true sound of the fiddle reflected back, and I was wondering what the new bow would sound like.

It did take a few tunes to get warmed up to it.I mostly used the new bow, then used the old brazilwood one for a jig medley since it seems to work better.  And then I asked if they could hear the difference in the bows. They could- and one lady said the new one doesn't sound so "sharp"... and she meant the old one had a sharp edge to the tone.

So I was encouraged knowing that the new bow is an improvement for the audience too!

Now if I can just get it working on jigs!

It sounded great on waltzes though!

1 comment on “Another gig with the new bow”

Catgut.Laboratories Says:
Tuesday, January 12, 2010 @7:21:08 AM

congrats on the new bow!

i had a teacher once who told me when i was looking for my first nice bow that "a violinists instrument is like his mistress, but his bow is like his wife" which i totally didn't get at first, but now i think it's hilarious.

the fiddler for green tea changes where on the stick she holds her bow from tune to tune, which seems to work for her. i also have a student who has started doing this to good effect, but i've never been able to get it to work for me.

when i switched from said bow to a composite bow it took some fussing with the weight and balance to get it working right for me. now it has a cheap toe ring bent around the tip as a weight. usually, though, weight is added in the mortises with lead but i wouldn't go that route until you know how much you want to add and where.

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