What is a German or French bow? What's the difference? Is there any kinds of other bows? I play for my school's Jazz Ensemble. I don't actually own a double bass. But my intonation is okay and I'm not entirely terrible at playing the double jazz style. There's a bow sitting right next to the upright at school that isn't used by anyone. I don't know what kind it is, but I kinda like fooling around with it. I was hoping to identify it. Thanks.