Been watching an interesting series of videos on string technique by the respected chamber cellist David Finckel.
In this video he makes a case for playing with a tighter bow than average:
Essentially, his argument is that a tighter bow enables:
1) More volume as it enables more pressure near to the bridge
2) Quicker response as it grabs the string more immediately
3) By stiffening the weak middle part of the bow, it creates a more consistent response throughout the full length of the bow.
I'm only a beginner, but practical experimentation seems to bear out his claims: everything has become easier both on and off the string, including the Fischer tone exercises.
I have a pretty decent CF bow - one that has been used by a top soloist in public performance and I've just had it re-haired by a Hill trained bow-maker, so I don't think that this is an artefact of a poor bow or setup.
But clearly, given that most people play with a looser bow, there must be counter-arguments.
If there's been a thread on this before I can't find it, so I'd appreciate feedback from more experienced players...
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