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Posted by Rich Laird (188.8.131.52) on April 05, 2002 at 16:13:15:
In Reply to: French or German bow? posted by Arnoldo Acosta on April 03, 2002 at 17:25:02:
: I am new to the double bass. I have been taking lessons with a French bow and I would like to know the advantages and disadvantages of the French vs. the German bow.
I think Gary Karr's idea of learning both - to at least a reasonable extent - is a probably a good one. But I would suggest that a beginner start with one - and stick with it for maybe a year, or so. Which one? Depends on which one you're teacher uses. A lot of world-class players like Gary Karr would, I'm sure, have a lot to show and tell you about both bows. But you'll get the most out of the experience of studying with a given teacher by learning what they specialize in.
I agree with those who say that that there might be certain advantages of one or the other...but with good technique you can get what you need from either one.
It ain't the bow - it's how you use it.
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