BABY BOW – to understand bow mechanics
Baby bow gives you the immediate experience of using a slower bow at a lower (closer to the bridge) contact point. On the bottom is a cheap fiberglass 1/10th sized bow. I have both french and german. Should you find one, buy it! They are increasingly hard to find.
In the middle is a baby bow made specifically for me by George Rubino. I even used it to record the last movement of Matti Kovler’s trio Wa-Edah Ma on my Artemis CD. It’s great to have a baby bow by a fine maker, but not at all necessary for the pedagogical benefits.
On the top is my Dolling full sized bow for scale and to show that you can also use a rubber band to create a false tip (or frog). This is valuable for feeling the different effects of playing exclusively at the tip or at the frog.