Saw Notes

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Buzzed Bowing

Bowing on the saw, like anything, gets easier with practice. One of the problems for many people when starting out is unintentionally creating an unpleasant buzzing sound when bowing. This can be worse when bowing the lower notes. You can correct this by bowing a little faster or slower. Buzzing can also be caused by pressing the hairs of the bow too hard against the edge of the saw. Even worse than a buzzing sound is no sound at all. This usually occurs because the player is bowing in the wrong spot on the blade. Bowing should occur right in the flat part of the “s” curve you make when bending the saw. With practice, this spot becomes easier to find.

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Rowena Southard, your blog hostess, is a musical saw enthusiast who lives in California. She loves all kinds of music and has a special fondness for unusual instruments.