August 2006

The breaking point

August 3, 2006 13:57

I have recently received a wonderful incentive to practice more! My bow, pictured below, has somehow tragically aquired three cracks in the tip. I dunno if they're visible in the photo, but I did my best. If you look really closely, you can see a crack perpendicular to the grain, going across the top of the shaft, and where that ends, about a third of the way through the shaft, you can see another crack about 1 cm long going with the grain. The is a similar fracture on the other side. So....the more I practice, the more likely the bow is to break, and the sooner I can collect insurance and buy a new bow! :-) What do I think will complete the job? Ahh....maybe some Paganini with aggressive and violent - I mean, brilliant and flashy - riccocet? :-D

Or, I could listen to my teacher and play with a big, full, gorgeous sound ALL the time, thereby increasing both the tension on the stick and the likelyhood of a soon demise for my faithful bow.... ;-D

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