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Running out of Bow
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May 18, 2020 - 6:44 am
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I’m always feeling like when I get to the next note sometimes I run out of bow. 
how do you plan out your notes on the bow to make sure you don’t run out of bow? 
I see people using whole bows but they don’t run out. 

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May 18, 2020 - 7:10 am
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@bunify - indeed, this can be an issue when starting out.  It probably depends (to some extent) on the learning materials you are using - many of those with a more rigorous approach will probably guide you through how, where and when to alter bow distribution, bow speed and bow direction change.  However I'm not a "violinist" - I'm a fiddler - so I won't recommend any treatise in particular - there are others more able to do so!  However - what I found really useful was to take scores that were clearly marked with bow direction changes, and work, almost bar by bar, to fit in to the intended direction-changes indicated.  Doing that showed me - just by practise and trial and error - where I need to speed up the bow, or slow it down (possibly adjusting weight and pressure if required) to fit in to the intended bowing pattern. 

Some of Pierre's beginner pieces are very well marked in this regard - for instance the simple version of Amazing Grace - to be found here - - not only with direction change, but also clearly indicating slurred runs of notes...    That sort of thing may help, and eventually, you'll just do it almost automatically, even with a score which  doesn't have these helpful indications.

I seriously recommend not copying my mistakes. D'oh - guntohead.JPG

Please make your own, different mistakes, and help us all learn :-)

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May 18, 2020 - 7:12 am
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Good question.

(is this video wrongly embedded?)

There's a video I could post where a guy has an excellent left hand, but zero expression in his right hand, so he has no problems with bow distribution. Whereas I go for maximum expression and screw it up, lol!

I'm guessing that it becomes a lot easier when you can confidently bow close to the bridge.


May 18, 2020 - 9:23 am
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@Gordon Shumway said

(is this video wrongly embedded?)

The video played fine. Nicola Benedetti is wonderful. Her videos are very well done. I have two of her CD’s and when I want to get inspired to try to push forward, I have no confidence in my violin and tend to stay with what I can do (do not change this thread to address that), I put her CD’s in. Highly recommend her instruction video.

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