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Playing Your Guitar With A Violin Bow

Frankie Smyth (46) · [archive]
Style: Basics · Level: Beginner · Tempo: 120
Pages: 1

I have chosen not to include any music because, really there isn't any need, this is simply a how-to page to inform any guitar players how to make some noises with a violin bow on their guitar. When you purchase a bow, the hairs are loose and slacked. To play, you must tighten them by turning a metal knob on the end of the bow where your hand goes, the hairs should be about a pencil's width away from the bow where the hairs are closest to the wood. After the bow is tightened, you need to apply some resin to the hairs. Resin is sold separately and looks at first like a small puck of a dark hard substance. To use the resin, you must first sand the top of it until the darker outer surface is gone and a powdery substance is visible. Once this is done, apply the resin to the bow hairs by running the hairs along the resin back and forth, you want to put resin on every part of the hairs. For a new bow, you'll need to do this for a while, running your bow back and forth around thirty times should be enough, but don't be afraid to do more. Now theat your bow is tightened and has resin on it you're ready to go. To make any noise just simply run the hairs over the strings for a nice full violin sound. To play only the higher strings on your guitar, you should use the end of the bow furthest from your hand and move the bow back and forth relatively quickly (just like Jimmy does). Experiment with full chords or single notes, pretty much try whatever you can to make unique sounds that you never thought possible on a guitar. I hope that I've helped any confused experimenting musicians, because I know I was feeling really stupid when I couldn't figure out how to get the resin on to the bow, so send any questions to me at harryandmarv@hotmail.com and I'll do my best to answer them, but I'm not promising I'll be able to. Good Luck!