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Michael Sanchez

Hey David, to be able to following bowings, you have to understand bow markings in music. There are two main ones:

Up Bow – This is a symbol that looks like this (V). This signifies that you should be moving the bow in an upwards fashion from the top of the bow (tip), to the frog (where you hold the bow). This direction is common before the start of a measure, and is considered one of the main “road” signs.

Down Bow – This is a table looking symbol that signifies movement in the opposite direction from going “Up-bow.” So you would be moving the bow from where you hold it (frog), towards the end of the bow (tip).

So in music, you have these two marks to keep your bowing in line. Once you get used to it, it’s like reading a book and pausing when you see a period. It keeps the direction of the bow in order and there are many patterns that you get used to. If you make one mistake, you can easily see another “road” sign that can get you back on track.

What you are trying to do is technically unnecessarily. What you need to do is find the music that the person who is playing the song is using if you want to bow exactly the way they are doing it. The thing is though there are many ways to bow a piece so it really is just about having the orchestra in sync, and not so much that there is one universal way to play a piece regarding bowings. Hope that makes sense!