So, we're all familiar with how we learn something, for example math.
We start with most fundamental math, adding, subtracting, etc. which were done by cavemen and cavewomen. We then progress into more complicated multiplications and divisions. Further on in our education, we progress into Trigonometry, which is arguably over 2000 years old.
Basically we learn things the way that the humans as a whole discovered. We learn what cavemen did as children, what ancient mathematicians did in middle school, and 1600s math in highschool then 1900s math finally at upper university level.
Something that puzzles me in violin learning is that we are almost always starting with a modern bow, baroque bows existed before modern bows, so if we follow the logic of how we learn subjects as math, it would be logical to start learning to play the violin with a baroque bow then progress into a modern bow.
I also found that the baroque bows to make very articulate accented sound. Its grip is supposed to be a bit in front of the frog, which is suggested to not fear the "near frog" part of the bow for beginners. Also, overall shorter than a modern bow, making us to get accustomed to use the full bow at all times. Basically what you're asked for in Suzuki volume 1.
Also, we start by learning baroque pieces.
I'm just curious why do we start with modern bows instead of baroque bow?
I first saw a baroque bow being used by a violist at a concert and eventually bought a Chinese one, and I alternate between it and my favorite bow to cover almost everything I wish to learn.
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