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Bowing suggestions for higher speeds
Suggestions on bowings for this tune?
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September 13, 2013 - 2:45 pm
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This is the second B section in big sandy river (a bluegrass fiddle tune) and I was wondering what bowing on these cross string arpeggios people would recommend for higher speed playing (like 120 - 140 bpm). The best I've come up with so far is up bow slur on the first two notes, down bow on the next string, up bow slur on two notes, and then single bows on the next three notes leaving you to repeat the pattern. See belowBigSandyRiverFiddle.pdf__1_page_-2.jpgImage Enlarger


Thanks for the suggestions ...

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September 13, 2013 - 5:35 pm
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Sounds good, maybe you can pick it out from this video..


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September 14, 2013 - 2:32 am
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I listened to the at speed part of the video and I didn't hear him(you?) doing the arpeggio run, I think he just the normal run but in different octaves ...

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September 14, 2013 - 8:25 am
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Let me just point out that the bowing, in this case, is more for emphasizing particular notes.
I love your bowing suggestion fiddlinsteudel for emphasizing (accenting) the E in the first bar, then continuing with the same pattern emphasizes the A in the next and so on.
As far as speed is concerned, IMAO, it helps only a little for the string crossings. A different fingering such as the stretched 4th finger in the first measure would help more.

Otherwise (not as good for the expression) same slurs but down bow slurs instead, use the 4th finger (obviously) in the second....
Forth measure, slur the first 3 notes.

However, I do like your suggestion with the down bow accents the most for expression. :-)

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September 16, 2013 - 11:16 am
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I just use D-U-D-U all the way, and I'm not sure how others would bow it. To me that bowing works, and is fairly simple if you keep the bow strokes short.


I did a quick recording of how it sounds, plus a slowed-down version: attached.


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