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Hi @Mouse and others. I am so happy that you did your own testing. I am convinced that we all have unique bowing characteristics and that “one size does not suit all.” The judgement of a third party, such as a teacher, can produce huge errors.
Without deviation from the norm, progress is not possible. —Frank Zappa
The future is already here—it’s just not very evenly distributed. —William Gibson
Indeed @Irv and @Mouse - it is indeed all down to individual taste - that is PRECISELY what makes each of us players different - I love the detailed investigation you went in to @Mouse - you HAVE to feel and hear it in your hands - although - in my remote little corner of the world, that is not really possible...
I seriously recommend not copying my mistakes. D'oh -
Please make your own, different mistakes, and help us all learn :-)
Nice trip @Mouse . Now we want to hear and see that viola, though .
Myself I went bow tasting yesterday, selected the one that suited my viola best - warmer and softer sound. It's remarkable how the bow can affect the sound. Much less than the violin/viola of course, but still.
Remind me if you're playing with a carbon or wood bow ? those two sorts are quite different.
Not web posted, though. Also, the minute I touch record, everything I worked on is gone.
I am also careful about how much info I post on webs.
Totally fine by me (I'm on the private side too so I get what you mean), but I just had to ask . My own compromise is sharing in a restricted way - to specific people or for just a few days.
A hint of solution to the "record button syndrome" would be to hit that button very often, so that you tend to forget you're recording. Or record long sequences, playing the same tune several times over to get the stress to lessen, and cut out the worse parts afterwards. De-dramatize it, too - a few wrong notes are part of the "humanness" of playing the instrument the audience doesn't want perfection or they'd listen to a CD instead.
In any case, recording just for private purposes is useful too, even if you don't share it with anyone. Good to see oneself from a different angle, helps with posture and the like.
Just went to weigh my bow : 69 grams, so it's lighter than the one I used before. I don't care much about the number though.