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Posted by Matt Sumner on April 03, 2001 at 11:25:01:

Hello there, people. Been reading the postings on this site for a while, and I'm sure some of you can help me. I'm a longtime electric player who finally got the dough for an upright and made the switch last summer. Until now, I've been playing fingerstyle exclusively. Yesterday I bought my first bow. It's a basic fiberglass German style bow. What I need to know is the very basic stuff. How much do I tighten the thing? I've noticed a couple of hairs have already broken. Is this normal? I don't think I have the thing too tight, but I don't really know. How am I supposed to hold the bow? Also, where should I be physically bowing on the strings? I've noticed what seems to be a sweet spot about 3 or 4 inches above the bridge. Does that sound about right? I think I got the rosin thing figured out from previous postings. The guy at the music store recommended Pop's brand. It's pretty soft stuff, which he said would be good for a beginner. Anyhow, that's about it for now. I'm having fun, and I'm sure I'll figure it out, but any advice would be appreciated. Thanks. Matt


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