How to Prepare a Violin Bow: 6 Steps

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How to Prepare a Violin Bow: 6 Steps
How to Prepare a Violin Bow: 6 Steps

Making music is a delight, and moreover, most people who make music tend to develop their intelligence more than people who don't. A fairly common instrument is the violin, which belongs to the class of stringed instruments. An orchestra is made up of many string instrument players and half of these players play the violin. The violin is played with a "bow", which is very important to be able to do so, as well as it is necessary that you learn how to prepare it to be able to play "with" it.


Prepare a Violin Bow Step 1
Prepare a Violin Bow Step 1

Step 1. Gently remove the bow from the case

The arch is actually as fragile as it seems. Be very careful when handling your violin.

Prepare a Violin Bow Step 2
Prepare a Violin Bow Step 2

Step 2. Use the nut to tighten or loosen the bowstrings

Be careful not to tighten or loosen them too much, look for "tips and methods" to do so and make sure the fit is correct.

Prepare a Violin Bow Step 3
Prepare a Violin Bow Step 3

Step 3. Turn the nut clockwise to adjust the bowstrings

If your hands are sweaty, clammy, or the nut is just too hard to turn, try again by placing a T-shirt or rag over it. With that, it will be easier to move.

Prepare a Violin Bow Step 4
Prepare a Violin Bow Step 4

Step 4. Smear the bow with rosin with the case material

This is called "resin." Check that the surface of the resin is rough and grainy. If it is not in this state, rub over it with a nail file or sandpaper.

Prepare a Violin Bow Step 5
Prepare a Violin Bow Step 5

Step 5. Use the resin and rub it on the bow strings, from top to bottom many times, you can do it 5 or 6 times

You can also do it many more times, even more than 20 times. See in the "Tips" section the different effects that resin can give you.

Prepare a Violin Bow Step 6
Prepare a Violin Bow Step 6

Step 6. Congratulations

You just got your bow ready and it's time to start making great music!


  • There are different effects depending on the different amounts of resin.

    • Too little resin makes a horrible sound. Your violin will have a calm and rough sound.
    • Too much resin can release a lot of dust, which, when floating through the air, can fall on your violin in the form of white powder, and this powder is sticky but the sound it will have will be rich. You can clean your violin with a cloth.
    • The exact amount will give your violin a beautiful sound and help you keep it clean.
  • "Right adjusts, left loosens." Remember this when preparing your violin bow.
  • Handle the bow gently, but feel free to play hard if necessary. You can get rough in the touch by putting a little more pressure or speed on it.
  • These are just a few ways to tell if your violin bow has the correct setting.

    • Look at the bowstrings. If the strings are hanging or not taut, the bow is too slack.
    • When you think the bow is the proper fit, place your index finger between the strings and the "bar" of the bow. If your finger fits evenly, it is because your arch already has the proper fit.
    • If the wooden part of the bow is bent outward, then what you need to do is loosen the bow strings.
  • This same procedure is useful for all string instruments that use a violin bow. These include the viola, cello, double bass, etc.


  • If the set of strings should break, do not reattach them. It is best to bring the bow to the company for repair or to purchase a new bow.
  • If one bowstring breaks, trim it completely so it doesn't affect the sound of the other strings. You can do this with a nail clipper or small scissors.
  • Do not poke or file the resin too hard or too many times, as it can break.
  • Never put the small tip of the bow on the ground. This tip is too brittle and can be easily damaged if not used correctly.
  • Do not touch the bowstrings as the oil on your skin can coat the resin and consequently you will have a short and low sound.
  • If most of the bowstrings break, see if you can replace them. An uneven distribution of the bowstrings can cause the fit of the strings to be uneven as well. If so, it is possible that trying to adjust the strings will cause the wood of the bow to warp.
  • The resin is very sticky, so don't touch it.

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