Categories

 Loading... Please wait...

Basic Bow Care

Posted by Anton Krutz on

Violin Bow
Bow Care...

It is all too easy to lose one's bow because of not taking good care of it. Here are four "MUSTS" for taking care of the bow!

  1. Always loosen the bow before you put it in the case.

The bow stick must rest from all of the tension that is created when the bow hair is tightened for playing. If it remains tightened all the time, the stick will eventually warp or break. You can also excessively loosen the bow, such that the hair becomes uneven. A good rule of thumb is to loosen the bow hair to the point that it starts to hang loose and then turn the screw once back to the right. This ensures that the hair will remain even and the stick will be at rest in its natural arched shape.

  1. Never overtighten the bow.

Over tightening the bow for playing is a common mistake that students make. This can warp the bow stick, break the tip, or cause the bow to lose hair quickly. You can prevent this by creating a space slightly bigger than a pencil between the hair and the stick – this is the easiest on your bow, will create the best sound, and will give you more control over your bow.

  1. Learn how to properly rosin your bow.

Before putting on rosin, make sure bow is tightened to playing tension. To apply the rosin, hold your bow in your right hand in playing position and hold rosin the in left. In long motions, slide hair across the rosin. Make sure to cover hair from the frog to the tip! You may want to slide a few times and then test how it feels and sounds while playing, and from there, assess how much more it needs. If you put too much rosin on the bow, the resulting stickiness can become a trap for dust particles, which will ruin the hair.

  1. Never touch the bow hair with your bare hands.

The oils in your hands can coat the hair and capture more grime. It doesn't take long for the bow hair to go bad in this way.

How To Check Your Instrument For Weather Related Damage

Why String Instruments Are Sensitive To Weather It is inevitable. Your wooden instrument has gone through a lot of change this winter. Wood is a hygroscopic material, meaning that it absorbs water from the air. This water is stored in the wood pores and is called free water because it can be [...]

Read More »


What Can I Do to Take Care of My Strings?

1. Purchase quality strings. Just like tires, air filters, and shoes, there are strings that are made well and ones that aren't. When it comes to instruments, at least, much that is dirt cheap is more likely made for a quick buck than a satisfying (or even functional) customer experience. Talk with [...]

Read More »


Attack of the Wolf!

Not every cello has a wolf tone, but if yours does you know how annoying it can be. A wolf tone is an acoustical phenomenon which causes an oscillating sound that is similar to the howl of an animal. A wolf tone usually occurs on the D string when playing in first position. Luckily, there [...]

Read More »


Why Are Strings So Costly?

For many of our customers who are new to the violin, purchasing their first set of strings can be a bit of a shock! Because of the materials used to create consistent quality, the skilled labor, and the specialized machines that it takes to manufacture these small components, they are much more expensive than might [...]

Read More »


What Brand of Violin Strings Should I Purchase?

In all cases where students are taking private lessons, do not purchase a new set of strings without consulting your teacher. In many cases, your private teacher will have specific preferences. Here is a sample of four of the many brands that we sell at KC Strings. If you have questions about any other brands [...]

Read More »


When Should I Change My Violin Strings?

All strings have a life span. This is because the acidity of the sweat in our hands begins breaking down the metal soon after we start using them. This break down affects the sound, which is dependent on the physical features of the string and it will also, eventually, lead to unravelling. This process [...]

Read More »


How Do I Keep My Instrument Clean?

1.) Have a dry or slightly damp cotton cloth. Over time, rosin will build up on the strings and the body of the instrument. Old T-Shirts, Socks, and Wash Cloths are sufficient. This should be routinely done to the instrument and bow. 2.) If this does not do the trick on the body [...]

Read More »


Why Does My Instrument Buzz When I Play It?

If you’ve begun to notice a buzzing sound while bowing or plucking one or more of your strings, your instrument might be in need of a sound post adjustment. Situated inside the instrument, the sound post makes contact with both the front and backplates, transferring vibrations between them and facilitating resonance. Because the sound post [...]

Read More »


Loose Fingerboard

If you ever notice that your fingerboard is becoming detached from the neck of your instrument, don’t panic! An experienced luthier can fix this easily by scraping away old glue and using new hide glue to secure the fingerboard.

Read More »