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Marks On The Bow?
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DanielB
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I have noticed sometimes in videos that some people have some sort of marks or markers on the length of the bow stick.  They look like thin bands around the stick, usually two, but I think I have also seen just one.  I haven't seen it mentioned, so I figured I'd ask.  Is it some sort of thing some students/teachers do for some particular sort of exercise, or just decoration on some brands/models of bows, or what?

"This young wine may have a lot of tannins now, but in 5 or 10 years it is going to be spectacular, despite the fact that right now it tastes like crude oil. You know this is how it is supposed to taste at this stage of development." ~ Itzhak Perlman

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Its a visual reminder. If there are 3 notes on a bow stroke how much bow for each note. 

 

 

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It's because they can't count.

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Usually used to separate bow to several parts. And practice to use some part of the bow untill this skill goes to automatic. Because using the upper and lower parts of the bow require different muscle skills... etc. It means if short: every violinist should know where the upper, middle and lower part of the bow is =) Same as the tapes on the fingerboard.

Never had those. Always thought that "have a feeling" of something is better than "look and check"... But there are people who finds it helpful, not without cause, i guess...

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Beginners in Suzuki are encouraged to look down their noses all the way down to the fingers while learning. Concequently the bow being right there and tape looking tacky, some thoughtful person thought cool colored plastic thingys might make the kids excited. the purpose is as was mentioned above by Mad Wed and Screech. to subdivide the bow for bowing exercises.

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Thanks folks, now it makes sense why one sees it sometimes.  If I'd ever actually read any instructional books for violin at this point, maybe it would have been covered there.  LOL

 

 

 

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