Anybody here circle bow. Did it take a long time to learn it.
I can get it sometimes but most times not. Maybe by the time I get six months experince I will be able to do it.
Any tips you want to past along. I watch Tommy Jerrell vidieos but I still can't figure it all out.
Thanks and God Bless
Circle bowing reminds me of when a kid I used to make-believe I was an aeroplane by running around with my forearms spinning in circles from the elbow to simulate the propeller blades. Circle bowing is much like that but with smaller circles, just make repetitive string changes, but only with tiny circles from the elbow. Part B of Devils Dream requires this circle bowing technique.
Just google it and several videos pop up. Here’s one that uses the aforementioned Devils Dream.
I never tried it before so I’ll be giving it a go.
Good Luck to both of us!
Edited by - stumpkicker on 02/17/2020 06:58:07
I think circle bowing is just a result of good relaxed bowing. Seems backward to learn to circle when it's the result and not the cause.
There's "circle bowing" as used in Devil's Dream and there's what Tommy used that some folks call "Figure Eight Bowing". Circle bowing like in Devil's Dream is only applicable when the melody is alternating between strings. The Figure 8 bowing can be put in many more places and is more dependent on rhythym than melody. Bruce Molsky describes the Figure 8 bowing in detail here:
Thanks for the replies. The links helped me clear things up a bit.
Back to the fiddle.
THanks people, I was reminded of several things I had gotten away from by these videos. R/
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