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Posted by albert52 on Saturday, February 12, 2011

WELL !!!  There I was, minding my own business, practicing my shuffling on double strings and when I went to lift the bow to go to the other strings, the bow bounced. Well I was mortified. I checked my bow tension - it was OK. So I just chalked it up to a mistake and went on. But as I was practicing, I started thinking.

Hmmmm...It actually sounded kinda nice on the 2 strings. I know I haven't heard anyone on FHO bouncing their bows that I remember. So I checked out bow bouncing on Google. Lo and behold there was a lesson video on bow bouncing. So I checked it out. Then the proverbial light came on, I remembered something about the William Tell overture. So I dug out one of my old 33 LPs of the Toronto Symphony and played it. I could hear the violin section playing the dum-de-de-dum-de-de-dum-dum part and realized they were bouncing the bow. Then it lead me to some old 78s I have of African American banjo players and fiddlers. Played a couple of them and heard this bow bouncing on quite a few of the tunes.

And so was the birth of my version of Li'l Liza Jane in the video archives. Now it's just a matter of getting a little bit more control on the bouncing. By the way....thanks for noticing the bounce Doyle!!

So may you all have a HAPPY HAPPENSTANCE this week.


2 comments on “HAPPY HAPPENSTANCE”

mudbug Says:
Sunday, February 13, 2011 @5:55:00 AM

That's a great attitude to have. Keep discovering and playing with your "errors".

bj Says:
Monday, February 14, 2011 @10:56:10 AM

I use bow bouncing some. I also use bow banging. ;-)

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