Introduction to Guidelines & Considerations for Bowing

This is an oversimplified list of rules to introduce young players to creating bowings.

1. The first beat of a measure should be a down bow. (Unless there’s a syncopation.)

2. ‘Ands’ (&) are usually up bow.

3. Rests can be bowed or count as a bowing.

4. Hooks may be used (especially in asymmetrical meters such as 6/8) but avoid 3 of the same bow in a row.

5. Bow lifts may be used

6. You may break one rule per measure.

*Unsure / confused / complex? – Find the end of a phrase that you want to be a down bow then work backwards

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