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Fiddle Lessons: Up - Bows, Down - Bows, Upper Half and Lower Half

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[MUSIC]
Alright,
next business with the bow part two here.
You're going to place the bow on the
string.
Now, we're going to get our terms
straight.
A down bow is when you start up at the
frog.
And play to the tip, so this is down,
then upbow is of course the other way like
that, down, up,
they both have their qualities,
so, OK now that means that if we divide
the bow in half.
This is the upper half of the bow and this
is the lower half of the bow.
Middle of the bow right in the middle.
So we could do down bows in the upper half
of the bow.
We start in the middle of the bow and go
down, up, down, up.
For many of you that's gonna be a lot
easier and a lot better sounding.
Then bring the lower half of the bow down
and up.
[MUSIC]
Starting next to the throg.
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these,
both of these halves of the bow have their
uses.
They have their sounds.
The upper half of the bow as you probably.
Our feeling is very controllable.
It's a little more gentle.
[MUSIC]
Alright.
It's controllable and light.
It has a light sound.
So the lower half of the bow.
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It's forceful.
You might want to use this in bluegrass,
bluegrass is very forceful music.
So don't discount this lower half of the
bow.
When you use that, you're going to be
using a lot of counterbalancing.
With your hand,
it's a little trickier, takes a little
more time to get that comfortable.
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But,
another thing you'll notice in the lower
half of the bow,
about halfway between the middle of the
bow and the end of the winding.
Is something that we call the balance
point and
we're gonna be talking a lot about that
too.
The balance point of the bow where if you
go back and forth with small strokes.
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You're gonna actually find that the bow at
the balance point is gonna be giving you
back as much energy as you put into it,
so you get.
You can get this kind of leaping bow, the
bow slightly off the string.
Find that balance, the best way to do this
is start in the middle of the bow.
Small strokes.
Remember we're using our wrist to do this
and fingers, not this,
that means that the arm is tilted,
alright?
We went through that.
So we're starting in the middle bow.
[SOUND] Work our way down.
[SOUND]
Until
we find a place that the bow starts giving
us back energy.
And we can go past that.
[SOUND]
We have to work very hard.
Down here.
And control it.
And bring back on here it's that spot.
Bow's giving us back some energy.
[MUSIC]
Right so
that we get this nice jumping bow effect
that's one.
Really nice thing about the bow is that
it's gonna give you back a lot of.
[MUSIC]
Energy if you know how to use it.
So, down bows.
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Up bows.
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Down and up bow and up half of the bow.
[MUSIC]
Down and
up bow in the lower half of the bow.
[MUSIC]
Balance point.
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All very important things to practice.
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