FOR CELLISTS: AMATEUR, ASPIRING ............... AND CURIOUS

Bow Trajectory

When we think about “bow trajectory”, we almost invariably think only about what the bow (and right arm) does while it is in contact with the strings. However the bow also spends a lot of time in the air. This aerial choreography, although inaudible, is as fundamental to bowing technique as silence is to music.

The discussion of Bow Trajectory is therefore divided into two sections:

 BOW TRAJECTORY ON THE STRING                  BOW TRAJECTORY IN THE AIR

Included in the “aerial choreography” article is a discussion about the bow’s takeoffs and landings (its placement and removal, onto and from the strings)