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Strings and rosin and bowing
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Gordon Shumway
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October 23, 2021 - 3:40 am
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I've had an interesting 3 months.

Using Nicola Benedetti's advice to use the maxium bow pressure for bow speed and then relaxing a little, and Fiddlerman's fondness of dark rosin for "digging into" the strings, I had been enjoying the use of dark rosin more and more. Benedetti recommended Guillaume (dark amber), so I bought some, but wasn't convinced it was for me, besides, my Royal Oak Classic seemed identical (at half the price). And I have nothing against Hidersine amber. 

But then I changed strings in July and put on a new set of OOTP Dominants (wound E). They took forever to break in and stop sounding harsh. I ended up buying some Hill light rosin, and that was the only way I could tame them. That made sense - new dominants, brash; light rosin: as they lose life use darker and darker rosin.

But my Dominants were starting this week to sound brash yet again (I'm not sure which rosin I've been using - I think it's Royal Oak and Guillaume at random). I couldn't work out why. I switched from my Coda GX to my DeLille hybrid and preferred it for a while. I thought the brashness/steeliness might be lack of rosin, requiring too much pressure from a dry bow (the GX), so I put more on and it got worse. So I got a cloth and wiped the Coda clean and used it without applying any more rosin, and it was fine again.

Perhaps we should all regularly wipe our bow hair "clean" with a dry cloth as a form of housekeeping exercise? Especially when we put on new strings. It's the only way to make sure I didn't have too much rosin on the bow when the Dominants were new.

And perhaps after 3 years, although I clearly still haven't learnt the correct amount of rosin to use, at least I may have learnt to be more flexible in the combination of all the variables. Either that or it's ONLY about how much rosin you use!


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