New (old) kind of bow - The Polycorde Bow (Many string)

March 2, 2020, 4:26 PM · Greetings fellow violinists/fiddlers

My name is Charlie and I am a violinist in Tasmania. In collaboration with a local bow maker I have developed a modern take on the old baroque style bow. It has a simple hinged mechanism in the frog which enables the player to switch from single string to triple string playing instantly enabling balanced chords.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gAUZZzMDl4U&feature=youtu.be

This in no way replaces the modern Tourte bow. Consider how a percussionist can have many mallets for the same drum or why tradesmen have more than one tool. This bow enables a string player to apply additional harmonies to their melody or to accompany other musicians cordially chordally. I use it to accompany my beginner students when a piano is not avaialble:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SVUFoRYHBpo&feature=youtu.be

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V8Yv_A7Kucs&feature=youtu.be

When I play gigs (mainly gypsy swing, Celtic and bluegrass) I rest it on my lap and swap from regular bow to Polycorde bow when appropriate and unless you are playing something very technical and specifically writen for the Tourte bow (spiccato, ricochet, sautillé etc.) you can generally do most basic melodies on the Polycorde Bow.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q_izxiY5njY&feature=youtu.be

Further information is on my website https://www.polycordebow.com/ and I would love to hear comments form the greater string community on suggestions for improvement/critique etc. It is available in wood and soom will be available in carbon fibre and alternate material varients with personalised customisations https://www.polycordebow.com/shop.

This bow is not for soloists and certainly does not replace the modern bow, consider it a 2nd violin/Bratche bow or a rhythm-fiddle tool.

Replies (2)

March 2, 2020, 5:05 PM · This is essentially the same idea as the Bach (not the composer) bow, except without the hinged frog. An interesting concept! I wanted to build a bow like this myself about a year ago but didn't have any suitable wood at the time and lost the motivation. Still on my to-do list...

I think there's some potential for polychordic (?) violin playing. It's a unique sound for sure.

March 3, 2020, 8:29 AM · Would be nice to have one. I once made one out of bamboo!

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