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jollygreengiant
post Oct 29 2008, 02:42 PM
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after watching a few people use a bow on their guitars i was just wondering if there is a special technique or knack to it other than just striking against the strings?
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post Oct 29 2008, 02:48 PM
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You know I have totally forgoten about this, I saw this first long time ago in a Whitesnake video, and I believe that Jimmy Page did it too, I have never tried this myself.


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post Oct 29 2008, 03:11 PM
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Never tried it as well,would need a bow for that. biggrin.gif

But it's probably no big deal for playing simple stuff like
couple of riffs etc,give it a try. wink.gif


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post Oct 29 2008, 03:18 PM
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Perhaps not a band that you guitar heros like too much wink.gif , but they use a bowed guitar in a very effective way to create wonderfull soundscapes

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rWR-jJ3v1pk

Sigur Ros



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post Oct 29 2008, 03:20 PM
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I love Sigur Ros. Their DVD is incredible. Beautiful music smile.gif


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post Oct 29 2008, 03:24 PM
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Never tried it,but it cant be that hard!?

Wasnt it Adrian Vandenberg who did that bow thing on his Peavey guitar that looked modded to accomadate the bow in action?


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post Oct 29 2008, 03:53 PM
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They have this little thing called the E-Bow now, its smaller than a normal bow, but it vibrates the strings all the same. Its pretty awesome sounding live, too. Plus, its electronic, so u just hold it on the strings and it does the work for ya


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post Oct 29 2008, 03:57 PM
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E-Bow's are slightly different though. I love E-Bows however but what they are talking about is slightly better and using like a violin bow.


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post Oct 30 2008, 12:22 AM
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You can probably follow similar holding positions as with violin playing, you can check out YT tutorials on the subject.


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post Oct 30 2008, 02:08 AM
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I messed around with this years ago, and it just is like bowing anything that uses a bow...violin,,cello, etc...

The best thing though is if you are going to dedicate to doing something like this have a guitar that can be set up differently than a regular guitar. See the problem is that guitar string all have the same height, so bowing say the A string is going to pose a problem without hitting the other strings.

Bowed instruments have their string height in such a way that it forms a curve so each individual string can be bowed with out hitting other strings.

I had an old guitar that was basically just a kick around guitar and what i did was to change the action height across the strings to form an arc, i had to redo the intonation as well of course, perhaps you don't want to take it that far.

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post Oct 30 2008, 07:24 AM
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Watch Zep's "The song remains the same", Dazed and Confused to be exact.. Wicked bow guitar solo.

(if you havent already seen it)
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post Oct 30 2008, 05:52 PM
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To use a bow, you would need to apply rosin in order for the hairs to grip the strings and produce sound. It could get pretty messy because rosin dust will fly everywhere and get into your electronics. It also gets sticky if you don't clean it over time.
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