Shopping for a Bow, Part 1

Shopping for a bow deserves as much attention as shopping for an instrument. This article will break down the details of each step and clarify some of the more peculiar aspects of violin family bows.

A Case for the Baroque Bow: A Specialist’s Perspective

One of the merits of living in the 21st century is that there is now a plurality of perspectives that musicians can draw upon when playing works of the 17th and 18th centuries. One only has more to gain in exploring this repertoire with a baroque bow. This is not a matter of right or wrong, but why not?

Bow Makers’ Zoom Conference

With many summer workshops and programs canceled and desperate for some sort of interaction with my colleagues, I felt compelled to organize a free online social event among bow makers. We had some wonderful bow makers hosting discussions and included bow makers from France, Germany, Israel, Holland, Scotland, Canada, and the USA. We would like to share our recorded conversations with the larger community of bow makers and musicians who could not attend to hopefully inspire and offer insight to what many of us consider when working with bows.

Singing with the Bow

Over the past few years, I have had the wonderful pleasure of working with Eliot Heaton, Concertmaster of the Michigan Opera Theatre and Des Moines Metro Opera, and his bows. The way that Eliot shapes phases and uses his bow is inspiring to any bow maker and much can be learned from such high caliber musicians. We welcome him here on our blog, sharing some insight on how he draws insight from the human voice to produce thoughtful, vocal-like phrases.

Measuring Camber

I have a huge passion for sharing with those working on bows around the world, especially those of atypical countries, and have made a wonderful connection with Jack Estephan of Lebanon. Though his country is in a dire state at the moment, Jack continues to pursue his passions in music. It’s an honor to have an international bow maker featured here sharing his insight on camber.