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SakamotoRyoma
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Hello.

I'm beginner violin learner (not player ) and have some problem in

digging into string when I practice slow arpegio phrase. It makes

harsh sound or too light sound, because of my poor control. I think

it is in part due to my light-weight bow, which is 55g.

My friend told me some virtuoso use heavy viola bow for playing,

for instance, KyungWha Chung, to make good sound. How do you

think about this? Using heavy bow or viola bow will help me in

part, do you think?

I know I should practice much before that.

Actually I have interest in playing viola, so if possible, using

viola bow will be more econimic, too.

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Well, when Zukerman tested my violas he preferred to play them with a ... ... violin bow.

I think you have to make your bow control better prior to decide about that. Chung plays a Del Gesù , if I'm not wrong, and some Del Gesù will need a bit more of bow pressure.

I love Chung's playing, her phrasing is fantastic, she recorded a CD with Strauss' Sonata that is quite quite good.

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For the last several months I have been playing my violins with both violin and viola bows.

As an amateur player, I enjoy the different sounds they produce (I don't do it from a technical-improvement angle).

The best thing would be to borrow a lightish viola bow and try it, but remember that as a beginner some of the off-string strokes may be difficult with a bow that is too heavy.

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A couple of other thoughts...

The balance point of a bow will also affect how heavy it feels.

Simply adding weight at the frog end may not help bow control near the tip.

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SakamotoRyoma

Hello.

I'm beginner violin learner (not player ) and have some problem in

digging into string when I practice slow arpegio phrase. It makes

harsh sound or too light sound, because of my poor control. I think

it is in part due to my light-weight bow, which is 55g..

regardless of the weight or balance of the bow

I think you need to look at your right arm technique.

Trying thinking more shoulder weight and less hand or forearm.

It may help.

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I purchased a good German viola bow many years ago to play one of my violins - that particular violin took a little heavier bow to get the sound I wanted from it and it worked great for that violin. I still own the viola bow but no longer use it.

I prefer my violin bows. I learned to compensate for the viola bow by learning to adjust to that particular violin with a little more bow pressure.

I would stick with a good violin bow to play the violin and adjust.

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A viola bow is going to give you more power but be less agile.

Let's face it, the standard bow is a bit like a golfer having one club which has to serve all functions - hard drives and soft putts. It's a compromise most of the time. There is no reason why we can't have a few bows and use different bows for different things. Guitarists have different picks - light to heavy and may prefer one over the other or use a heavy pick for soloing and a light one for strumming.

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