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Posted by Reed on March 31, 2001 at 13:44:13:

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?
: THANKS,Bill Smith

Sounds like you're using a hard rosin, which is OK, but I don't particularly care for the sound you get with it. You may want to try a softer rosin like carlsson's or even Pop's. Now, the trick is to apply the rosin evenly on the bow. Hold the rosin in your hand, and draw the bow over it nice and evenly, the whole bow. You may have to do this several times.If your bow starts to stick to the cake of rosin or the strings, you're using way to much, also if you can see bits of rosin on the hair, it's too much. Use just enough so the hair gets a good bite on the strings and you don't have too work too hard for a good sound.

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