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Zlata Brouwer

Do you feel like Gollem when you are trying to find a good bow?

March 15, 2013 at 1:54 PM

looking for a bow can seem like...

Sometimes looking for a good bow can feel like you are Gollem trying to find the preciousssss... (imagine me imitating Gollem with my Dutch accent).

Now... I wouldn't post this without giving you a little information on how to recognize a decent bow yourself. Click here to watch my video about the basic characteristics of a good bow.

I hope the video has been useful to you. If so, let me know in the comments below!


Violinist and Skype violin teacher at Violin Lounge

From Anne-Marie Proulx
Posted on March 15, 2013 at 7:26 PM
Very good video! Interesting...

I bet such making mistakes are more often found in cheap bows but even so, they should not be taken for granted in better bows.

Personally, I didn't check all this when I bought my bows. I checked how it played and if I liked the feel and sound. I'm lucky to have a maker who is also a bowmaker and very honnest. Though I feel bad for a beginner who is alone out there and doesn't have anyone to tell if the bow is of good quality or not...

Thank you :)

From Zlata Brouwer
Posted on March 16, 2013 at 11:29 AM
Anne-Marie, good to hear that you found it useful! Indeed: never take this for granted. It's so important to have someone you know and trust who can provide you with information and advice how to find your ideal bow and ideal instrument. I am so happy that it's my job :).
From George Mitrou
Posted on March 16, 2013 at 12:38 PM
So the bow I have from my stagg vso's actually a pretty decent one? interesting...
From Zlata Brouwer
Posted on March 16, 2013 at 3:25 PM
George, it can be all right for a moment... if you are happy with it... but of course my video is far from complete and just describes a couple of basics. The more advanced a player you are, the more important a bow will be. But if you have the luck that you found yourself a decent bow for very little money... be happy :).
From George Mitrou
Posted on March 20, 2013 at 5:30 PM
Oh, ok! Thanks!

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