While Q was focused on composing the bowing exercises, we had many spirited conversations about the practical application of bowing traditions. To say the very least, opinions on the topic are vast.
Anchored by Q’s teaching and performing experience, the results of our intense bowing traditions debate are in! Remember this rule —
Place the Bow on the String Before Producing Sound!
You may have heard this famous expression, “Necessity is the Mother of Invention.” This means that when someone really needs to do something, they will figure out a way to do it.
I mention that Necessity is the Mother of Invention for good reason. During
the span of several centuries, composers wrote increasingly more technically demanding music. The necessity to figure out how to perform and master string playing bowing challenges, inspired the invention of practical playing solutions.
String players most often perform in a group setting, as part of a string ensemble or full symphony orchestra. When playing together in a group, you must play together as a well-synchronized team, a Sound Team!
As an ensemble player, it is important to learn and master more than just your own individual playing techniques. You must then learn to perform together as a group, with split-second precision with clarity.
Place the bow on the proper string level, bow-segment and contact-point location before you produce sound. From the string, you are then able to focus on playing well together as an ensemble team.
Now it’s time to perform Bowing Exercises # 2 and #3. Play well!