How important is touch with a bow and what can go wrong?
I was once in a small studio where I knew the resident teacher on a friendly basis. I was trying violins in one room and she was elsewhere, out of sight. This did not stop her from shouting "lighter"! (I think she meant the bow force?) She had no other student scheduled for this time of day. She repeated "lighter" two more times before I left and we simply parted with a smile. I did not want to be demanding about an explanation being I was not a student of the studio.
Two years later .....
I have a trial violin. It is a "pretty good" instrument. The best I have had in the house.
I need only to touch the strings at "whisper" level to get get a response and the note(s) can be maintained if I keep up the bow speed.
The violin is very loud with my usual bow pressure and sounding point(s)
Yes, I have scrambled my bows and rosins but the different effects did not change.
Do I really have a trial violin that has the enhanced bow/string sensitivities or is it my imagination?
The violin is using Dominant strings.
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