Why are modern string bows concave instead of convex?

Asked by: Charles Atl

The modern bow is just one of those adaptations. The concave design can hold significantly more tension in the bow hair than a convex design. This allows for more pressure to be applied to the strings when playing which increases the volume of the sound.

Why do violinists have 2 bows?

They all respond differently, produce different colors, some are better for specific articulations than others, etc. It’s nice to have a variety to choose from, they can really change the character of an instrument and give a player a wider range of sounds/colors/articulations.

Is a violin bow supposed to be bent?

Violin and viola bows are generally pushed away from the player as and can develop a mild right hand bend, whereas cello bows are pulled towards the player and move to the left. Many rehairers also put more hair and slightly greater hair tension on the playing side of bows for better performance.

When did the violin bow change?

Upon development of the modern violin, in the 17th century, the bow began to change. Adjusting tension of the hair held some interest and improvements were made to mechanize the adjustments. Initially, tension was altered by modifying their grip, e.g. by applying pressure with the thumb.

Are cello and violin bows different?

Cello bows tend to be shorter in length than viola bows. Violin bows typically measure the longest. A bow can enhance or deter the sound of the instrument, and it is recommended that the player test out different bows to see which fits best.

Why is horse hair used for bows?

Horsehair absorbs water quickly and this can affect your bow considerably. In different temperature and humidity conditions the hair can react in different ways. At P&H we always use high quality unbleached horsehair to ensure the best sound for our bows.

How many horse hairs are on a violin bow?

Bow hair is made from horse hair

The bow hair is made of a hank of horsehair. A single violin bow will use between 160 and 180 individual hairs. These hairs are all attached next to each to form a ribbon. Unusually thick hairs and kinked hairs are removed so that only straight hairs are used.

How often should you replace a violin bow?

about every six months

“For most people, every 6 months to once a year is enough if all or most of the hairs are still intact.” Laurie Niles of the Violinist.com adds that “luthiers tend to recommend getting a bow rehair about every six months.”

Why does my bow sound scratchy?

Too much rosin on the bow hair produces a scratchy, unpleasant sound, while too little will cause the tone to fade out during your bow stroke. Finding exactly the right level of rosin to apply is like everything else involved with learning to play the violin… it takes practice.

Why is my violin bow not straight?

Not being so straight. But if you have your arm. The same as your as your back so it's not further back it's not any further forward then you should be able to those bits of paper as guide there.

Why are cello bows shorter?

Because you bow faster on a violin, to hold the note for the same length of time without returning the bow requires a longer bow than on, say, the cello. This is why the higher pitched string instruments have longer bows.

Are viola bows longer than violin bows?

Length: The violin bow is slightly longer than the viola bow. The average length of an adult-sized viola bow is 29 inches; whereas, the average length of the violin bow is 29.5 inches. Weight: Viola bows weigh more than violin bows. The violin bow is about 10 grams lighter than the viola bow.

Can you play a viola with a violin bow?

Viola players requiring smaller bows such as children or smaller adults will generally use a violin bow. Determining the proper viola bow length and weight can be tricky. Since violas are larger than violins, they are consequently heavier. This means in general the bows are heavier as well.

How heavy should a violin bow be?

about 60 grams

Weight and Balance

The average weight of a violin bow is about 60 grams (a viola bow is 70 grams; a cello bow, 80 grams). But remember, this is only an average. Many bows by the great makers of the past weigh as little as 54 grams and yet play beautifully.

What is the full name for a cello?


The Cello’s Full Name.

Cello is actually an abbreviated word. The full name name for the instrument is violoncello, which translates to “little violone.” The violone, which was larger, is the direct ancestor of the double bass.

Does a harp use a bow?

A bow harp is a type of stringed musical instrument in the harp family. The name refers to the distinctive, curved shape of the instrument’s body. There are several different types of bow harps, including the Egyptian, the African, and the Appalachian bow harps.

What is earth bow?

Earth Bow [1] A bow that is perfectly balanced in every aspect. Set bonus with Stone Arrow: Increases damage with ranged attacks by 25%. Adds a 10% chance of inflicting [Stone Curse] on the target when doing a ranged attack.

Is the musical bow indigenous or foreign?

In Africa south of the equator, musical bows are among the most pervasive of indigenous musical instruments. Their ubiquity confirms past cultural convergences between disparate early pastoral, agrarian and hunter-gatherer African societies.