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Changing bows can make a difference. Or I'd it just me?
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Ferret
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It's probably got something to do with my inexperience but I'm finding that, at times, if things are going less than good during my practice, if I change to a different bow things can seem to improve.

The bows that I switch between are a FM CF bow, a snake wood baroque bow, and a FM CF viola bow.

They are all somewhat different in weight and length.

The baroque bow is the shortest and lightest and has a narrower 'hair' than the others.

The viola bow is the longest and heaviest of the three.

And the FM violin bow is....... a violin bow.

As far as I know, experienced violinists have a favourite bow and just use that one.

Thoughts on this would be greatly appreciated violin-1267

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Maybe when you change bows, you scrutinize the change, and listen better and pay attention better and therefore play better.

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Could be right RU

But I think that the weight must be playing a part as well.

It could be a combination of the weight along with the amount of rosen on both the bow and the strings at a particular time. The amount of rosen in both cases would be a variable from session to session.

I'm sure the issue will go away as I become more experienced.

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I find that playing on a heavy (150g) wooden bow allows smoother bowing on long legato passages - per your suggestion on the chatbox, Ferret.

 

 

and yeah, maybe it's just me. Maybe it's true for everyone. Or maybe I haven't been playing with that bow for awhile xD. Who knows. 

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@ ButteryStuffs: 150g, you're playing with a log. That's more than 2x heavier than FM's heaviest Carbon Fiber bow.

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Yes @ButteryStuffs 

That 'is' heavy

The weights of mine are:

FM CF viola 69 grams

FM CF violin 61 grams

Baroque snake wood 57 grams

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Fiddlestix said
@ ButteryStuffs: 150g, you're playing with a log. That's more than 2x heavier than FM's heaviest Carbon Fiber bow.

YIKES

Meh. I think it works well with long drawn out passages and col legno... what can go wrong, really xD (oh and btw it's $40)

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