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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 Former Mannes College Theory Faculty Supporting Member

    Dec 11, 2007
    Ridgewood, NJ
    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.


  2. geoffbassist

    geoffbassist UK Double Bassist Supporting Member Commercial User

    Jul 17, 2006
    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.
  3. 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.

    KUNGfuSHERIFF Supporting Member

    Feb 8, 2002
    Upstate NY
    Agreed. Maybe a full length mirror that will mount to the back of a door?
  5. Steve Freides

    Steve Freides Former Mannes College Theory Faculty Supporting Member

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

  6. Phil Rowan

    Phil Rowan Supporting Member

    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.
  7. hdiddy

    hdiddy Official Forum Flunkee Supporting Member

    Mar 16, 2004
    Richmond, 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.