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The Tip
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The TIP is literally the top of the bow.
The tip is also called the head of the bow or the point of the bow.
The lightest and most narrow part of the bow is its tip. The bow’s tip is quite fragile. Be certain to always treat your bow with care.
The weight and balance of the bow is greatly affected by the tip of the bow. Bow hair is attached to the tip with a wedge. The wedge holds the bow hair in place securely, which assures the tension of the hair and therefore the weight of the player’s bow motions.
As with all aspects of string instruments, the bow has undergone much experimentation and evolution.
Italian Baroque composer and esteemed violinist Guiseppe Tartini, wrote fifty bowing variations called “The Art of Bowing.” Considering the title, Tartini probably imagined the bow as a music paintbrush too!
Tartini’s composition “The Art of Bowing” is based on a theme written by another Italian composer, Arcangelo Corelli, and is written for solo violin.
This is how the tip of the bow used by these 17th century musicians looked.
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The process of honing the perfect shape and weight of the bow’s tip continues to be explored by bow makers today. Whale bone, silver, tortoise shell, mother of pearl inlays, and gold, are added as fancy linings of the tip of the bow and serve to enhance the artistic appearance of the finest bows.
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Introducing the Bow     Parts of the Bow     The Stick     Horse-Hair     The Tip     The Frog     The Winding     How the Bow Works 
 Rosin     Preparing to Hold the Bow     Stick Training Exercises     Bowing Terminology     Down-Bow     Up-Bow     

Bow-Hand Set-Up    Finger Tasks and Functions     The Thumb     Meet ARC     Finger Segments     The Index-Finger   
Bow-Hand Pronation      The Center-Finger and Ring-Finger     Bow-Hand Fulcrum     Ring-Finger Propulsion     Bass Bows 
 Pinky Bow-Tasks     ‘Casting’ the Bow-Hand    Bow-Wrist Tasks    Rotational Inertia    Arco    Clay Smile Exercise    Meet ANGLE 

The Bow-Arm Box     The Shoulder Arc     Bow Contact-Point     String Lanes     Bow-Segment Mastery     Bowing Exercises 

Finding the Bow Contact-Point     “Painting With Sound”     Bowing Exercises Menu     Bow Taps     Bowing Traditions 

Perform Down-Bows     Perform Up-Bows     The Art of the Bow-Change     Articulations     Staccato     Legato 

Mastery Checkpoint One     Building Bow Control     Bow Speed and Bow-Arm Motion     Bow Planning and Distribution

Slow Moving Bow Strokes     Individual Bow Segments     Traveling the Bow     Bowing Dynamics     Mastery Checkpoint Two 

Advanced Techniques     Slurs and Articulations     Slur Training     Locating the Bow’s Balance Point     Ricochet and Spiccato 

Exploring Ricochet     Ricochet Control     Spiccato Training     Spiccato Control     Spiccato Brush Strokes 

Multiple String Crossings     Virtuosic Bow Strokes     Arpeggio Bowing     “Flying” Staccato     Mastery Checkpoint Three 

SCROLL’s List of Bow Strokes