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Bowing tool for beginners...

Discussion in 'Ask Patrick Neher [Archive]' started by philopadaumus, May 4, 2016.

  1. philopadaumus


    Dec 18, 2014
    Does anyone know the name of the tool that clip on the bottom of the fingerboard to stop from bowing near the finger board? It's a tool for a beginner.
  2. Tom Lane

    Tom Lane Gold Supporting Member Supporting Member

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  3. Jon Stefaniak

    Jon Stefaniak Supporting Member

    Sep 2, 2000
    Tokyo, Japan
    I don't know what it is called, but you can make something like it easily. Take a length of a guitar's low e string. Stick wine corks on both ends, and insert in top of f holes making an arch over the strings. Bow between the wire and the bridge. If you touch the wire, it will rattle a bit. Diana Gannett uses something like this for some students, but with a tightly wrapped spring instead of a guitar sting. Maybe it rattles louder.

    Your eyes will do the job just fine, though.
    Last edited: May 5, 2016
  4. PNeher


    Mar 31, 2005
    Bellingham, WA
    A mirror helps too. But yes, I have heard of this cool clip thingy. And your teacher can put his/her finger at the end of the fingerboard and you slide the bow across the string and the finger, keeping it straight. Can't use that in concert very easily! :)

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