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Bowing Traditions
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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!
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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 

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