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Thank you, Scroll! We all learned a lot of great information about the parts of the bow.

Now that everyone knows about all the parts of the bow, please tell us how the bow “works.”

Knowledge of Friction and its uses is one of your fortes. We’re listening.

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Remember — the force that is in effect at the point where there is contact between surfaces is called friction(review Friction)

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Bow Friction is the rub of horse-hair against the surface of the strings.

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However, the bow will not stick and slip properly without the use of Rosin.

Allow me to retrieve my mental-file ROSIN, and please join me on the next page.

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How the Bow Works
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
The fine fibers of the horse-hair use the same principles of making a string ring that everyone learned in the pizzicato section.  (review Pizzicato)  (review Sound Science Principles)
Bowing motions cause the horse-hair to making hundreds of micro-second plucks to the string, resulting in continuous string vibration. This friction is called the stick-slip phenomenon.