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  • #1997 Reply

    Eric Dugas
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    Is it important to let the hair of the bow completely loose when we don’t use it?

    #2012 Reply

    Michael Sanchez
    Keymaster

    Many bows (especially pernambuco) can warp when you don’t ease the tension off the bow when you put it away. Make sure you see dangle in the hair when you put it away, especially if you are in a high humid area. All it takes is one time, and the stick will bend (warp) which will totally ruin the bow if left too tight in an over-night situation. Carbon fiber bows on the other hand are much better for this type of situation. They are very durable and won’t warp like a delicate wood bow. This doesn’t mean you should go with carbon fiber, unless you really think you won’t be able to take care of your pernambuco bow.

    #2022 Reply

    Eric Dugas
    Participant

    Thank you very much for those precious informations

    #2024 Reply

    Eric Dugas
    Participant

    Another question. I have heard that some people use a method to clean their bow from stains and accumulations of rosin. They take off a part of the bow, in order to free one part of the bow’s hair. After, they clean the hair with alcohol, making sure that there is absolutely not a single drop of alcohol that comes in contact with the rest of the bow. What do you think about that?

    #2077 Reply

    buffybrainard
    Participant

    Hello, my name is Buffy and I have been attempting to play my Stradivarius for about a year now. When I began, I purchased inexpensive bows not being sure I would even be interested in playing. I practice almost every day for at least 30 minutes. I really enjoy playing but have inconsistent sound out of my bow. Is there such thing as a worn out bow? Am I doing something wrong?

    #2079 Reply

    Michael Sanchez
    Keymaster

    I don’t want to say for sure, but most likely it is something technique related. The only thing related to a bow being worn, would have to do with not as many hairs being on the bow as before (you lose them over time). This can lead to a weaker sound, but not a bad sound. There is a lot that can be said about right hand technique; are you self-teaching yourself or do you have a teacher? I find that students that self-teach themselves can actually get worse sound over time if they aren’t holding the bow properly, and applying the proper muscles with the index. If you are interested in creating a clear sound across the strings, I highly recommend watching this intermediate violin lesson.

    #2328 Reply

    Vintage9
    Participant

    I purchased a used bow and the hair still looks very clean. The owner said it was hardly used and kept in a bow case for almost 4 years. If the hair still looks good, do I still need to re-hair it? I’ve heard you need to re-hair a bow at least every year or sooner depending on how much you play.

    #2491 Reply

    Michael Sanchez
    Keymaster

    You really don’t have to re-hair a bow if it hasn’t been used. The only case of this not being the case is if you have your bow in a dark area for a very long period of time and then dust mites can eat up the hair (it happens over a long period of time). Typically though if you have your hair in the light and don’t use it for a while, it doesn’t effect the need to get it re-haired sooner. Good question!

    #2493 Reply

    buffybrainard
    Participant

    Thank you for that information Michael. It is a possibility that my technique may have changed. Could the problem with my sound be the strings and not the bow at all? I have never changed the strings. Or maybe the pressure I now apply to the bow has changed.

    #2602 Reply

    Nicole
    Participant

    I’d like to add a bow care question to this conversation, if I may!

    When tightening/loosening my bow, I often notice that rosin has found its way to the stick portion of the bow. How detrimental is this to the stick? What effects can it have? Should I clean it with the microfiber cloth that I use for cleaning my strings?

    Also, how can I avoid such a thing? I don’t know if it happens during playing, loosening, or when I put rosin onto the bow. I tighten my strings before applying rosin, if that matters.

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