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Fiddle Lessons: Rosining the Bow

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We're gonna talk about the bow for a while
Gonna start with very first principles.
What happens when we take that bow out of
the case?
When we take the bow out of the case we're
gonna see, hopefully,
that the hair is very loose and you can
see it's not,
you can see that there's this little screw
at the end.
We talked about this as a way to tighten
the hair, so
I'm gonna take it out of the case.
When we put it in the case,
we wanna loosen that hair so that there's
no strain on the bow or the hair.
So when we take it out, it's just gonna
be, if we turn it like this,
it's gonna be laying on a stick.
You can kind of see that it's just very
You don't wanna be touching it really.
If you touch it with the back of your
hand, it's probably okay, but, and then we
wanna tighten it up and everybody has a
different opinion on how tight to get it.
But I like to have it not too tight.
The Texas guys will have it so
that the stick right down on the hair,
barely touching.
They, they like that.
I think that that might be a little bit
too loose for bluegrass which needs a lot
of, a little bit more force.
So we're going to tighten it up a little
bit more.
You can see that you still see the curve
of the stick.
So that's a little better.
Maybe a little bit more.
Maybe one more half turn.
So that when the bow sits up there and it,
I can press it down like this.
So I can press this stick down to the hair
without too much trouble.
Now it's just feels like there's a little
bit of spring in there.
That's what we want.
So what about rosining?
Everybody needs to rosin their bow.
Everybody has a different scientific
theory on this,
you'd think that with something as obvious
as a piece of hair in front of you that
they would figure it out.
The prevailing wisdom for a while was
that, well,
the hair has microscopic places on it that
grip the string and
you're just, rosining it to make those
stand up.
But now they're saying that the hair is
really smooth and
that the rosin really does make the hair
stick to the string.
It really doesn't matter you're going to
be using rosin, so
I'm just taking a regular piece of resin
It's got the cloth around it.
It's sticky.
Violin rosin is fine.
You don't need all that gold infused
silver, titanium rosin just.
Get, get some nice rosin.
And then we're gonna use a little bit at
the frog.
We're gonna use a little bit at the tip.
Not too much.
And then we're gonna run.
Two or three.
It doesn't take a lot, and if, if you use
too much then it starts to sound scratchy
and grainy and the rosin gets all over
So, it really doesn't take a lot of rosin
to make this happen.
And I usually only put rosin on about once
every three or four days or a week.
Or, if I'm feeling a kind of slippage.
[SOUND] If the bow starts feeling.
[SOUND] Like it's slipping over the
But what we want is that.
[SOUND] Just a little bit of stick.
So that the, the,
that the hair just can draw across the
And make a sound.