Why does bowed string instrument size matter?



Asked by: Makesh Mendoza

The tuning can be the same, but the scale length is different, which means string length and tension (and thickness) are different. So while you use the same techniques, the finger positioning will vary. The reason for these different size instruments is the difference in tonal quality.

What is the significance of the size of string instruments?





(Bass is pronounced “base,” as in “baseball.”) The smaller instruments, the violin and viola, make higher-pitched sounds, while the larger cello and double bass produce low rich sounds. They are all similarly shaped, with curvy wooden bodies and wooden necks.

Does bow size matter violin?

As a rule, the length of a bow is proportional to the size of the player. Thus, a small child for whom a ⅛ size violin is appropriate would have a much shorter bow than an adult playing a full size instrument. In addition, the length of the bow directly affects the stiffness: the shorter the bow, the stiffer it is.

What is the function of a bow in a string instrument?

Bowed string instruments are a subcategory of string instruments that are played by a bow rubbing the strings. The bow rubbing the string causes vibration which the instrument emits as sound.

What is the largest bowed string instrument?

The octobass is an extremely large and rare bowed string instrument that was first built around 1850 in Paris by the French luthier Jean-Baptiste Vuillaume (1798–1875).

What size bass bow do I need?





About the fractional sizes bass bows: Unless your teacher specifically requires a specific size, it’s been our experience here that for students playing a 1/4 bass, a 1/2 size bow matches the student and bass better. (So, if your student plays a 1/4 size bass, we recommend a 1/2 bow.

How is string instrument size measured?

Straighten the left arm in line with the instrument, then bring the hand up to the scroll, palm facing upward. Wrap the hand around the scroll and check its position and reach. If the fingers can curl around the scroll and into the peg box, the instrument is the right size.

Can you play a full size violin with a 3/4 bow?

I had played my teachers violin a fair bit, and it is an older italian which is at the smaller body length of 4/4, and just a fraction narrower at the bouts, and much lighter. It was easy to play. I discovered that in fact the training on the 3/4 had trained me to fit to a full sized intrument and bow.

Does violin bow Quality Matter?

One mistake players often make is to put the majority of their budget into the instrument, and then skimp on their bow purchase. Because bows can make such an impact on the sound of an instrument, it is wise to make sure the quality of bow you’re buying will match the quality of the instrument.

Does violin bow make a difference?

A violin bow greatly influences your sound quality and ease of bowing. Your violin will sound very differently with different bows. When you take the time to try out several violin bows, you’ll notice that they vary greatly in character.



Which bowed instrument can play lowest notes?

The four bowed string instruments arranged from the highest pitched and smallest to the lowest pitched and largest are: VIOLIN, VIOLA, VIOLONCELLO (‘CELLO) AND CONTRABASS (DOUBLE BASS). The strings are the most versatile instruments.

Why is the double bass so big?

The instrument’s standard English name, double bass may be derived from the size of the double size, since it is approximately twice as large as the cello, or because the double bass was originally used to double the cello part an octave lower.

Who invented bowed instruments?

Modern Western bow
The kind of bow in use today was brought into its modern form largely by the bow maker François Tourte in 19th-century France.



How tall should you be to play a full size bass?

Unlike violins where a violinist typically grows into a 4/4 violin, with the bass, the standard and most popular size by far is 3/4. Few 4/4 basses are made or played.
Upright Bass Sizes.

Bass Size Total Height Body Height
4/4 75″ 45.5″

How long is a 3/4 size bass bow?

27¼ inches

Our Brazilwood bows now have black horsehair, and are considered 3/4 size (there are no strict rules on sizing). The French bow is 27¼ inches end to end, with about a 20¾ inch hair length.

What makes a good bass bow?

A good double bass bow is made of either wood or carbon fiber. Wood is the traditional material but it is affected by changes in humidity. Over time, wooden bows may lose their arch, becoming straight and difficult to handle. Carbon fiber bows do not respond to humidity and never change shape.



How much is a professional bass bow?

Upright Bass Bows

Bow Material French Price
Fiberglass X $93.00
Brazilwood with the new Ebontek™ frog! X $175
Brazilwood X $250
Carbon Fiber X $355

How much is a good bass bow?

– I generally recommend that students looking for a bow under $1000 invest in a carbon fiber bow. One can get a carbon fiber bow that is very well-balanced and that responds quickly for around $800, and I have seen some models priced as low as $400 that work very well as an upgrade bow.

What makes a violin bow expensive?

You can buy a beginner’s bow for less than $50, but a top-rate professional bow can often cost thousands of dollars. A bow like this is completely handcrafted by skilled artisans. And just one can take an entire week to make. Even the most subtle differences in the way a bow is made will change how well it plays.

Can Vegans play the violin?

An Irish luthier has created the world’s first ‘Vegan Trademark’-ed violin; an instrument entirely free from animal products. Historically, violins have contained non-vegan materials such as animal hide glue, which is created from the skin, bones, and tendons of an animal.



Why are old violins better?

An aged violin that is played on regularly will still improve in tone, but not as dramatically as on a new violin. An old violin will have a more mellow tone that has harmonized over time.