I bought a new violin bow five months ago, and in that time, half of the bow hair has fallen off (while playing). The same thing occurred with my previous bow, so it is not a problem with the bow but with how I am playing.
I have been playing for seven years, and I have progressed through the Mendelssohn and Bruch concertos. I have also worked on pieces by Paganini and Sarsate, though I am quite far from mastering them. Thus, I do not think that there is anything horribly wrong with my technique.
I consulted my teacher about this, and she told me that it was a unique problem, but she gave me a few tips:
-Lighten bow pressure on double stops and chords.
-Keeping the bow completely straight and not edging over to the fingerboard.
There definitely could be more causes.
I have followed her advice and tried to correct this, but I am not certain if it is working. I am still losing more bow hair than I should (at least 1 if not 3 per practice, 2 hours).
I would not want to get an expensive re-hairing ($50) until I conquer this problem.
Any advice would be very much appreciated.
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