video about bad habit prevention, and one of the many habits I wanted to encourage was the regular rosining of the bow.Earlier this week I posted a
A few months ago, I actually had a student that had stopped rosining altogether. It took me a while to understand that this was the reason for her ever-weakening sound!
Off the top of my head, I suggested 10 swipes of rosin -- and many people disagreed!
I suspected that perhaps 10 swipes was indeed too much, but I wanted to check. Since I have been playing for some 40 years and have a pretty brainless rosin routine going, I thought I'd just do a little test: rosin my bow in the same routine that I do every day, and count the number of times the rosin goes back and forth. To my surprise, I actually did more than I thought: 12 little swipes followed by two big ones at the end. (I'm counting each way as a swipe, so one is up, two next down, etc.) This did not actually feel like over-rosining.
For this vote, I'd ideally like you to go rosin your bow in the normal way, and count how many ups + downs you do. Then give us the total number of rosin swipes in the vote. You may surprise yourself! Also, for scientific minds that what to know, make note of whether they are big or small (you can mention this in the comments or just enjoy the new information).
What exactly is the right way to rosin, and how much do you need?
It depends a lot on the pressure you use, and the rosining technique. I've been told that it's better to go all the way from the frog to the tip, when rosining. In practice, as I confessed, I do a combination of short and long swipes.
Of course, rosining can reach a point of diminishing returns quite fast; you don't need an over-sticky bow that is creating a cloud of white powder around you while you play. Conversely, if you don't rosin your bow, you can't make the string speak. Some rosins do the trick with less application than others.
What are your thoughts and advice about the amount of rosin to apply and rosin in general?Tweet
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