Guide to Violin Bows

Violin Bow : What is it?

Violin Bows

A violin bow is a musical device designed to be pulled and driven across the strings of the violin, helping them vibrate to produce audible sound. It consists of a supple stick, usually made of wood, and a semi-elastic material stretched from one end to the other. It can also be made with many tiny hairs stretched between the ends of the stick along with the semi-elastic material.

Most violin bows are made of solid and durable hardwood such as brazilwood and pernambuco; however, models constructed from synthetic materials such as fiberglass and carbon fiber are also available now.

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Types of Violin Bows

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Kinds of Violin Bows include the following:

Tropical hardwood violin bow

  • A tropical hardwood violin bow is usually made of brazilwood and several other kinds of tropical hardwood.
  • It is generally inexpensive and readily available.
  • It is ideal for beginners and early intermediate players.

Pernambuco violin bow

  • This type of violin bow is made of pernambuco wood, which is heavier and more durable than brazilwood.
  • It is dense, elastic, durable, and responsive.
  • It has a soft feel that makes it comfortable to use.
  • It produces a rich and full sound.
  • It is rare and expensive since the wood supply is becoming scarce.

Carbon fiber violin bow

  • A carbon fiber violin bow is made of heavy-duty, graded carbon fiber usually bonded with resin.
  • It has become popular due to rarity of the pernambuco violin bow. It features most of its qualities.
  • It is durable and affordable.

Fiberglass violin bow

  • A fiberglass violin bow is made of heavy-duty fiberglass.
  • It is durable and resistant to wear and tear.
  • It is ideal for beginners.
  • It is inexpensive and readily available.

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Choosing Violin Bows (Buying tips)

Construction: To get a smooth and full sound, choose a supple violin bow. For a bright and more focused sound, on the other hand, choose a slightly stiffer violin bow.

Weight: For strain-free playing, choose a lightweight violin bow weighing between 54 and 64 grams. It should feel right and natural in your hand with a well-distributed weight from the tip to the frog.

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