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Buying a Violin Bow Like a Pro!

Buying a violin bow? Not without reading this. These tips and ideas will help violinists of all levels choose a bow to compliment their ability and heighten their quality of violin.

If you are a beginner violinist, or a parent of a violin student, buying a bow may be a completely new and totally foreign experience. Fortunately for beginners, buying a violin bow should not be nearly as stressful as buying the violin.

There is so much information out there on different types and qualities of bows it can be confusing to sift through all of it. For your sake I have tried to condense and simplify all of the material on violin bows into a simple-to-read page.

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Wondering what to look for in a bow? Use these tips when buying your next violin bow.

Basic Tips On Buying a Violin Bow

A Good Bow is....

  • Strong - This means the hair does not collapse, or the wood bend too much laterally, to the left or right, while playing.
  • Straight - The bow should be in a straight line when viewed down the stick from either end.
  • Responsive - The bow should be easy to play.
  • Not Wobbly or bounce too much - While trying different violin strokes does the bow quickly regain control and playability?
  • Durability - Will the bow last a long time? One way to tell is by the materials used to make it. Fiberglass is an excellent choice for beginners when looking for a durability. Carbon Fiber is an excellent choice for more advanced players when looking for durability
  • Weight - Look for a bow that is neither too light nor too heavy in your hand.
  • Sound Quality - The easiest way to measure sound quality is by test driving the bow. When checking sound quality use your old bow or several bows so that you can compare different sounds. Use your violin or the same violin throughout the entire test. Which bow actually improves the violin's sound? Which bow sounds better using sticcato style, playing at the frog, or playing at the tip?
  • Comes with a great warranty - When buying a violin bow, look for a guarantee or warranty. If a violin shop is willing to back its product with a warranty it is most likely worth buying.
  • Keep in mind that the stiffness of the stick can make a difference in a bow's sound. If the stick is soft, the sound will lack clarity and definition. A stiff, strong bow will give a bright sound. But be careful an overly stiff bow can produce a rough edgy sound. The key is to find a bow that is soft enough to elicit a smooth broad sound, but also stiff enough that it is still clear and focused and have the quicker response of a stiff bow.

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