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Posted by gael on October 02, 2001 at 12:50:15:

In Reply to: Bowing posted by Jevon on September 30, 2001 at 19:14:08:

: Besides the shape of the bows and the way they are held what are the advantages/disadvantages to the french bow and the german bow, if there are any?

As a classical bass player, I would say that G.bow is perfectly suitable to
German romantic repertoire from Brahms. The effort to play that repertoire with
F.bow seems considerably bigger.
On the other hand, F.bow is much more appropriate to classical lightness
(spiccato like in Mozart, Cf. interpretations on authentical classical instruments). G.bow seems to produce only a heavy or a hard spiccato.

F.bow allows you more detailed, precised, varied articulation,
while G.bow facilitates the weight transmission and is also easier
to play while sitting. I believe that personnal technique can compensate
the practical differences.

DB bow technique remains in general limited (nowadays, it should progress more).

YouŽll find maybe more differences even between the different kinds
of DB than in the bows. Which is actually not true, for you have so many different bows (IŽve seen F.bows of 115g, others of 175g !, different lengths,
different patterns of frog...)

The history of all these schools, the variety of sounds, are fascinating.
Bassists should be more aware of the different schools within the violin
family and also within the woodwinds (that history of French bassoon and
German bassoon generated quite a lot of marvellous sounds).

As there arenŽt strong norms, finding a good bow seems me especially complicated for a bass player.

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