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Feb 16, 2020 - 6:31:18 PM
20 posts since 6/3/2018

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

Feb 16, 2020 - 8:33:25 PM
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2162 posts since 8/23/2008

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.

Feb 17, 2020 - 6:57:42 AM
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270 posts since 6/21/2007

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

Feb 17, 2020 - 8:24:14 AM
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1738 posts since 8/27/2008
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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.

Feb 17, 2020 - 9:27:25 AM
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78 posts since 7/21/2019

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:

Feb 17, 2020 - 5:07:59 PM

20 posts since 6/3/2018

Thanks for the replies. The links helped me clear things up a bit.
Back to the fiddle.
God Bless

Feb 18, 2020 - 6:45:12 AM

2264 posts since 10/1/2008

THanks people, I was reminded of several things I had gotten away from by these videos. R/

Feb 20, 2020 - 1:12:29 AM
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348 posts since 5/24/2016

This series by Jon Anderson will get you circle bowing

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