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Mirrors for working on bowing

Discussion in 'Bows and Rosin [DB]' started by Steve Freides, Sep 23, 2013.


  1. Steve Freides

    Steve Freides Supporting Member

    Dec 11, 2007
    Ridgewood, NJ
    Private Music Teacher
    I would like to get a mirror to watch my bowing practice - is full-length necessary or recommended, or just something so that I can see the bow?

    My thought isn't to wall mount but to look for something on a stand, with a nice-ish wooden frame, that I can put up and take down as needed.

    Comments, suggestions, advice, war stories - all appreciated.

    Thanks.

    -S-
     
  2. geoffbassist

    geoffbassist UK Double Bassist Supporting Member Commercial User

    Jul 17, 2006
    UK
    Founder - Discover Double Bass
    I found it helped me a lot and a large full length one was easier to work with so I could really see what was happening with my posture. There were huge wall to celling mirrors at the music college I studied at and they were great. Of course it really depends on whats practical, but as long as you can see what you need to then thats fine. I have a much smaller mirror now, but if I had a dedicated practice space I would get a really large one.
     
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  4. DC Bass

    DC Bass Supporting Member

    Mar 28, 2010
    Washington DC
    A full length mirror would be best- I got one at Target for ten bucks, mounted it on the door of my practice room.
     
  5. Agreed. Maybe a full length mirror that will mount to the back of a door?
     
  6. Steve Freides

    Steve Freides Supporting Member

    Dec 11, 2007
    Ridgewood, NJ
    Private Music Teacher
    Thanks, everyone - a full length mirror of some sort it will be.

    -S-
     
  7. Phil Rowan

    Phil Rowan

    Mar 2, 2005
    Brooklyn, NY
    Steve, also keep an eye on craigslist (even the free section, you never know). I remember doing some mirror hunting and sometimes clothing stores or such want to get rid of big mirrors. I just never pulled it together to arrange for a pick up.
     
  8. hdiddy

    hdiddy Official Forum Flunkee Supporting Member

    Mar 16, 2004
    San Francisco, CA
    I used a $10 cheapie from Bed Bath & Beyond. Comes with brackets. Good 'nuf. Not full length. About 3' tall. Mounted to a wall.

    You don't need full length if you stand back a certain distance.