Squeaky, airy, scratchy and unclear sounds indicate that a bow is not properly gripping and vibrating the strings. Today’s excerpt from Improve Your Bowing Technique examines what causes this issue.

Squeaky, Airy, Scratchy & Unclear Sounds

These types of sounds indicate bow hair that is not properly gripping and vibrating the strings. The most frequent causes of this issue include:

1) Not enough rosin

2) Bowing at an angle

3) Not enough weight (pressure) coming through the bow

4) Using a sounding point that doesn’t work for the pitches and bow speed you are using

5) A bow stick that is tilted toward you, causing the bow to slide toward the scroll

6) The quality of your bow hair and/ or strings

By Laurel Thomsen

Excerpted from Improve Your Bowing Technique

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