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Are bow direction marking suggestions or a rule
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December 26, 2011 - 6:37 pm
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I am trying to figure out "Over the Rainbow" and the bow directions go along up,down,up down, up,up down and I am having trouble following.

is that a stop then start or a return to center of the bow and restart in the same direction?





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December 26, 2011 - 9:54 pm
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Just a suggestion. The second up bow is meant to be played with a new emphasis. Almost like a slur with a line over each note. Also up bows work great for crecsendo's. It's works out well to put you on a down bow for the first beat of the measure as well.
Try playing it as a slur and see how it feels. In the end you should always play what works best for you and the phrase.

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December 27, 2011 - 5:11 pm
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If you hope to play in a group, like a community orchestra, then bow markings become important.  If you are not trained then this can be a serious problem.

The FM music is an excellent way to develop bowing skills.


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December 27, 2011 - 5:19 pm
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I always try to use them.

Figure whoever wrote them knows more than I do about it. exactly

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