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October 6, 2016 - 11:08 am
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Does the bow stay in contact with the strings when playing a melody or it it removed for each individual note? Thank you.

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October 6, 2016 - 12:30 pm
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At most times the bow remains in contact with one string or the other. Also, it is generally continually in motion except in the brief instant that it is changing direction. 

Hope that helps.

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October 6, 2016 - 2:08 pm
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When you are first learning, you will keep the bow on the string while playing a sequence of notes, but obviously you change the direction of the bow for each note. This is called 'detache' bowing.

More advanced techniques involve lifting the bow between notes and even using a controlled bounce to separate the notes.

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October 6, 2016 - 5:19 pm
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After my first reply it occurred to me that I should have added a recommendation on bowing practicing. I think it can be very helpful to bow whole notes on the open strings. That is, start at the frog and bow down all the way to the tip. Keeping the bow on the string, change directions and bow up from the tip to the frog. Do this several times and then repeat on the other strings. Try to keep the bow at 90 degrees to the strings the whole time.

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Hmmm. I may have read the Original Post wrong. hats_off

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October 11, 2016 - 11:19 am
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Great answers above. Just want to add that you must release pressure when changing the bow direction a bit to avoid hearing too much bow change. Yes, keep the bow on the strings when changing directions.

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