Are you a violinist? Are you trying to rehair your violin bow? If yes, then this article is for you. The article has answered a few frequently asked questions and also has some generalised information on violin and how to rehair violin.
What is a violin bow?
A violin bow is a bow used for playing the violin. This tensioned rod or stick is usually prepared from horse’s tail hair. This hair is first processed and then dipped in rosin. Rosin is a chemical which facilitates friction. This friction is required for making the bow. The rosin sprayed on the violin so that it can cause vibration. When the vibration is caused, the instrument delivers a sound. The violin bow has a stick like shape. This bow has a material stretched on its ends which forms a ribbon like structure. This structure is stroked or rubbed by the string to create the sound a violin creates.
The hank of the horse hair is most of the times used for making a violin bow. Manufacturing violin bows is a demanding skill and therefore, good quality violins and violin bows are sold at a high price in the market. The maker of the bow should be able to choose a good quality material for making the violin stick. Along with that, carbon fibre and fibreglass are also used for making the violin bow. Recently, the carbon fibre bows are the ones that are preferred by the customers.
How to rehair violin bow?
Reharing the violin bow can be tough and sometimes musicians consider getting it done by a professional. But it is also possible to do it at home. One of the tips for doing so, is having the professional equipments ready. One of the challenges the musician faces while rehairing the bow at home is not having the equipment. Another tip is to inspect the bow first and consider if it really needs maintenance. If yes, then the user can start by trimming out end in such a way that 4 inches are left from both the sides. After doing that, the user has to clean the metal of the frog and also the windings. Keeping the violin clean and dust free is one of the most easiest ways of increasing the life of the instrument. While removing the slide, the user has lubricate it so that when he removes it the next time it is easier. The user has to burn the edges of the hair to remove them and he also has to cut the violin blocks. After doing everything, the user has to keep the violin away for a few hours and then spray rosin on it.
Frequently asked questions:
What is another name of a violin brow?
A violin brow is also called as fiddlestick. This name is given to it because of the shape and size of it.
How many horse hair are required for making a brow?
For making a brow, 160 to 200 hair are required.