Rx: Play with a wide difference between quiet and loud.
Klaus Stoll (in translation) presents on bowing, using orchestral examples and the German bow.
Demonstrated: Bow technique
- extreme dynamic contrasts: for pianissimo, use the middle of the bow. For the forte sections play near the frog.
- Play quiet spicatto by rotating the bow and using the edge of the hair.
- Rotating towards the edge for arpeggios/string crossing figures
- Playing quickly in the center of the bow
Rx: You want to start using the German bow in your bass playing.
Here is a video by Seth Gamba (great last name for a bassist, right!) on how to get started with the German bow.
Notice in particular how much he focuses on curves, keeping your body shapes …
Rx: You want to use the German bow but haven’t tried before.
Here is a D’Addario-sponsored video on how to hold the German bow. It’s by Paul Sharpe is presented in a very straightforward way.
Watch this and you’ll be on the right track.
Rx: Learning to hold both the German and French bow
From Michael Klinghoffer’s “How to Drive a Double Bass” series based on techniques he learned from Gary Karr.
Emphasis on how, in reality, we don’t hold the bow and that the entire thing is about balance.