Re: How do rests affect bowing?


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Posted by Don on March 14, 2000 at 08:34:55:

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.

The answer to most of your questions is: yes, and no, depending... And explaining the "depending" is too long a process for this forum, and of limited meaning if you're not currently taking lessons. And when you are taking lessons, you won't be asking these questions. Relax. You'll get there. Don't worry about the roof when you haven't even poured the foundation. And don't go out and buy a book and try to teach yourself. You risk ingraining bad habits which would have to be broken later. Having a teacher is the only way to go.



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