Re: How do rests affect bowing?


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Posted by Ed on March 13, 2000 at 13:21:37:

In Reply to: How do rests affect bowing? posted by Wilbur Thompson on March 12, 2000 at 17:36:48:

: I will be taking double lessons next in college, but there are some questions that have been puzzling me lately about bowing technique. First of all,none of my notions have an intellingent basis. But from watching string players on television, it seems to me that one changes bowing direction from note to note. For example, if there are four consecutive quarter notes, it seems that they bow to the right on the first note, to the left on the next, to the right on the third, and to the left on the last note.( That's another question. Which direction to start bowing in, to the left or right?)And if I am right about that, what happens when rests occur? Do you treat them like actual notes? For example, if you have a quarter followed by a quarter rest and then another quarter note, would you bow to the right on the first note, imaging that the rest is a note that is bowed to the left, then bow to the right on the next note? Or would you bow to the right on the first note, diregard the rest, and bow to the left on the last note? I hope I am making sense with this "bow to the right terminololgy." Also how would you bow slurs. Would you just continue in bowing in one direction without changing or lifting the bow, like one continous stream of air? I really do hope I am making sense to someone out there?

: Thank you.

Don, stop beating yer head against the bricks and help this poor man.
Wil, calm yerself. One of the reasons you will be taking double bass lessons is to learn how to play. You don't have to figure it all out before you get in.
HOWEVER, your observation is somewhat fallacious. The times you have seen bassists change bowing by quarter note are just cause it happened that way that time.The times that they played three quarter notes with an up bow so that they would be in a position to play the syncopated 16th note run with a single down bow somehow went unnoticed. Bow phrasing kinda depends on your instrument and what you are playing. You use more bow near the fingerboard, less bow near the bridge, more bow to get louder, less bow, for softer passages ALL DEPENGING ON HOW MUCH BOW YOU NEED TO GET THE SOUND OUT OF YOUR BASS. Some basses are louder than others. But you will get to all this. Relax. Calm, placid blue ocean....


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