Posted by Bob Gollihur on March 31, 2001 at 14:51:04:
In Reply to: rosin posted by Bill on March 31, 2001 at 11:09:32:
: I just bought an upright to see if I could play it.
: Im having a lot of trouble with the rosin thing.The stuff is hard as a rock .
: Should I warm it up?Should the whole bow be coated in the stuff?How do you apply it evenly?How often?Will someone save this bow from me and my lack of knowledge?
Most rosin is somewhat hard; it is availabile in different grades, and as you use it more you may develop a preference for one over the other. I'll also use a different rosin depending on the season sometimes.
If it has the metal wrapping all the way around it, use a knife to cut away a 1/4" strip, so you can rosin the bow around the cake (assuming you have a round cake of rosin), evenly and avoid grooves in one spot that can catch hairs and break them.
Don't use much rosin -- not a whole lot is generally required, just enough to give the hair a bit of a bite to "start" the string - get it to begin to vibrate beneath the hair. It should start with minimal pressure.
Another ingredient in good arco (bowing) is the strings -- some are not as bow-friendly as others and may be hard to start and/or deliver a harsh, gritty sound. It may not be you -- but the strings.
Good luck and enjoy.
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