Why is a frog called a ... frog???

Discussion in 'Bows and Rosin [DB]' started by Matthew Tucker, Feb 4, 2009.


  1. Matthew Tucker

    Matthew Tucker Commercial User

    Aug 21, 2002
    Sydney, Australia
    Owner: Bresque Basses, Sydney Basses and Cellos
    Wondering if there's a good reason?

    If not, is there a wit out there with an idea?
     
  2. From the side, it looks like a frog that's sitting down...kindof...maybe...?
     
  3. Damon Rondeau

    Damon Rondeau Journeyman Clam Artist Supporting Member

    Nov 19, 2002
    Winnipeg, baby
    I'll take a stab at it: because the earliest examples were attached to the stick with ribbets.
     
  4. I had a violin teacher who explained this to me by loosening the bow all the way that the screw comes out. and then asking the question "Do you know why this is called a frog?" and going "BECAUSE IT JUMPS!" while letting the frog fly from the little socket.

    i'll never forget that.
     
  5. Ed Fuqua

    Ed Fuqua

    Dec 13, 1999
    Augusta GA
    Chuck Sher publishes my book, WALKING BASSICS:The Fundamentals of Jazz Bass Playing.
    I thought it was only called that on french bows...
     
  6. Maybe on German bows it's Herr Frog!:cool:
     
  7. drurb

    drurb Oracle, Ancient Order of Rass Hattur; Mem. #1, EPC

    Apr 17, 2004
    What else would you call it? :)
     
  8. DavidMP

    DavidMP

    May 8, 2006
    Alberta, Canada
    Well, in Spanish is "nuez" (nut as in walnut) and in French it is "hausse" (something to regulate height or angle)
     
  9. Ed Fuqua

    Ed Fuqua

    Dec 13, 1999
    Augusta GA
    Chuck Sher publishes my book, WALKING BASSICS:The Fundamentals of Jazz Bass Playing.
    The black holdy part?
     
  10. Out in Hawaii we call it "the black thingymabob"
    :bag:
     
  11. Ed Fuqua

    Ed Fuqua

    Dec 13, 1999
    Augusta GA
    Chuck Sher publishes my book, WALKING BASSICS:The Fundamentals of Jazz Bass Playing.
    Sesquipedalian.
     
  12. lhoward

    lhoward

    Apr 27, 2003
    Western NY State
    I've thought about that from time to time. But its nice to know that everyone has such a nice sense of humor about it or it might be enough to make me croak.

    Actually, I once did try to find out why that part is called the frog, but to no avail. Its just one of the great mysteries of life.

    :))

    Lloyd Howard
     
  13. bassist14

    bassist14

    Oct 17, 2005
    Germany
    rana on german bow
    ranunculus on french bow
     
  14. Ed, now your just talking dirty!:cool:
     
  15. Gubna

    Gubna

    Oct 21, 2006
    San Francisco
    why is a cat called a cat?

    why is a human called a human?

    why is bacon called bacon?
     
  16. You dummy. You know that only applies to foot long hot dogs.
     
  17. You dummy. No, it's THAT THERE black holdy part, there. :atoz:
     
  18. Matthew Tucker

    Matthew Tucker Commercial User

    Aug 21, 2002
    Sydney, Australia
    Owner: Bresque Basses, Sydney Basses and Cellos
    Don't confuse him Paul, and don't try to turn my thread into a smutty one.:eyebrow:

    I was talking about the FROG, the black thing with the mother-of-pearl stud through the side, a silver ring around the end and attached to a bunch of long white hairs, that you move back and forth to get a different degree of springiness.
     
  19. Dogbertday

    Dogbertday Commercial User

    Jul 10, 2007
    SE Wisconsin
    Blaine Music LLC
    oof da...

    dontcha know... aroun' 'ere I says this I says, "Dat dere holdy part, hey?" ..
     
  20. Look who's talkin' Matthew.....we were both just talkin' frog in the finest sense of the word, as it applies to my German and Ed's French.
    It was YOU, who has stepped over that nasty AND tasteless line in talkin' that there marital aid **** I quoted up there, up above there. :atoz:
    As usual, Ed and Myownself pray for you daily.
     
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