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Konabob
`Olu`olu

USA
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Posted - 02/20/2007 :  5:17:31 PM  Show Profile  Visit Konabob's Homepage  Send Konabob an AOL message
I don't know why I assumed that a horsehair bow would only work on steel strings. Not true! I just purchased an inexpensive bass bow and found out that the Walkingbass is bowable!
I need to get some bass rosin (regular violin rosin works, but bass rosin is softer and stickier and should work much better).
I will also need a lot of practice! Bowing is a whole new technique for me, and there appears to be a learning curve.
I am also going to make myself a new saddle with the middle string higher than the two outside strings. This will allow me to play all three strings independently of each other.

Stay tuned!
Aloha,
-Konabob

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Lawrence
Ha`aha`a

USA
1597 Posts

Posted - 02/21/2007 :  09:47:05 AM  Show Profile
So Bob,

If you practice a lot maybe by June on Maui, you can Bow Us Over!

...sorry could not resist! .



Mahope Kākou...
...El Lorenzo de Ondas Sonoras
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wcerto
Ahonui

USA
5052 Posts

Posted - 08/17/2007 :  03:18:36 AM  Show Profile
I bought Paul a special bow to be used on his mountain dulcimer. Interesting sound.

Me ke aloha
Malama pono,
Wanda
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Rlowenote
Akahai

84 Posts

Posted - 08/17/2007 :  05:06:40 AM  Show Profile
My wife uses "Jim Bows" on her hammered dulcimer at times. A new technique needs to be learned, but you can sustain notes quite well. The bowing part is a delrin rod that you put rosin on like a violin bow. It has enough curvature that she can bow individual courses of strings.

Ralph
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