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Re: Bow Hair and Rosin

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Posted by Josh on January 04, 2002 at 13:37:00:

In Reply to: Bow Hair and Rosin posted by Alan Lochhead on December 20, 2002 at 12:28:13:

Hmmmmmmm. I find it better to use a fine unbleached hair rather than black hair. Black hair grips the string a bit more, but doesn't give the tone that white hair does. Some bassists use a combonation of both to get that "Salt-and-Pepper" look, but unless you are just beginnning, the approach would be white hair. As for soft and hard rosin, soft rosin is again a more begginer oriented thing, and hard rosin is used once you have progressed. This is because it is easier to move the bow with hard rosin, as it doesn't stick to the string like soft rosin. ALTHOUGH, I perfer to use soft rosin (Petz, in the red and blue!), and it has always worked beautifully for me. It's all preference.

I would not add anything to your rosin, for it could damage the hair on your bow. The tone of your bass should be fine without adding anything.

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