Saw Notes

A Resource for Musical Saw Enthusiasts

What About The Knees?

One of the first challenges when learning to play the saw is deciding how to hold it. There are several techniques. Most players hold the saw between their knees. Some people cross their ankles, and some simply hold their knees close with the saw between them. Some people play standing with the saw held between their feet, and some use a stand. Some people even play with the saw tucked into the side of their neck, as if they were playing a violin. The trick is to find something that’s comfortable for you.

Here is a fellow named Darlington Jackson playing saw for his coworkers at a Christmas party in 1960. Note how he is holding the saw handle between his knees.

This photo is from the National Archives Catalogue, and it’s tagged under “cigar” and “office party.” They left out musical saw.

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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.