Choosing the right violin bow is often a much more challenging task than choosing the right instrument. The bow should act as an almost subconscious extension of your arm and it can be close to impossible to put your thoughts and opinions into words.
That's why we've put together this guide on how to try violin bows. Whether you're a beginner or a seasoned player, this guide will provide you with some useful tips and a step-by-step approach to trying out different bows. So, let's dive in and discover the key factors to consider, as well as some useful tips on how to find the perfect bow for you!
Much like with musical instruments, the best way to feel confident about your choice of bow is by trying as many as possible, even if you are not looking to buy one any time soon.
It is very easy to get accustomed with the weight and response of your current bow, making it very difficult to impartially evaluate anything that feels very different from what you are used to.
It also helps to have a clear idea of the different aspects that contribute to the sound and response of a particular bow, so that you can better understand what it is that you like and dislike about your particular bow, as well as any others you might be considering for purchase.
Important to have a structured approach to make the most of your time, especially if you don’t have a lot of experiencer. Here's a step-by-step guide to help you try out different bows effectively:
If you're in the market for a new violin bow, we highly recommend the selection from MyLuthier, featuring bows from two world-famous makers: Walter Barbiero and Emilio Slaviero.
Walter Barbiero is an accomplished violist and bow maker who has collaborated with numerous orchestras and musicians, including Mario Brunello, Isabelle Faust, and Uto Ughi. His bows stand out for their soft and elegant sound, and their technical precision.
Emilio Slaviero's passion for violin making began at a young age, and he studied the secrets of ancient bows with J.F. Raffin. His bows are known for their design, sculpture, and stylistic freedom, and his family's Atelier has achieved great success and international recognition.
Both makers' bows are regularly featured in major international exhibitions, and they have built bows for some of the world's most accomplished musicians.
So, whether you're a professional musician or a student, consider the selection of contemporary bows from MyLuthier, including those from Walter Barbiero and Emilio Slaviero, to find the perfect bow for you.
MyLuthier was started by two friends while they were studying at the Royal Academy of Music in London. The idea was to provide musicians with exceptional instruments at a price they can afford. We travelled Europe in search for the best contemporary makers and we’re proud of our selection and the partnerships we’ve developed.