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Oliver
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The bow balance point is explained at several sites on the internet BUT, with little explanation of why it might be important. 
However, I recently started playing some music from a book of fiddle tunes and the author said that the only rule for his music was that it must be played above the middle of the bow. 
Does all this come together in a logical way ?

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artoliva
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The bow balance point is really easy to find; usually around the middle and is important when playing spicatto; or bouncing bow played quickly. Similar to a see saw ; you need to sides of similar weight to help it move back and forth easier. However, you don't need to be "balanced" to play the many different styles of playing. Some styles of playing are towards the tip and others towards the frog. The bows balancing point is in many ways how you distribute or position the weight of your arm in relation to where the bow is on the string.  

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Fiddlerman
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Good explanation Art,

Oliver, the reason the composer wants you to play above the middle of the bow is because he wants you to play "detache".

He wants the seperate notes to sound very connected and not short.

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