Why are my bow hairs falling out?
Actually, bow hair breaks. If, however, you find that it happens a lot, then the hair on your bow is just too dry. This usually happens a lot in the winter time. Be careful not to let too many of the bow hairs disappear before you rehair it, though, because an uneven tension on the bow can cause the stick to warp.
Is it normal for violin bow hair to break?
The bow hair on a violin bow usually consists of some 150 to 170 strands, so if individual hairs become loose or tear, there is no need to have the violin bow rehaired right away. This is a normal sign of wear and tear and has no effect whatsoever on the playing characteristics of the bow.
What happens if you don’t loosen your bow?
with carbon fiber or fiberglass you are unlikely to damage the bow itself. What leaving it tight will tend to do is stretch out the hair. Loosening consistently will postpone that day, and save you SOME money. Wooden bows are much more of a problem, much more likely to lose their curve and camber.
Why is my violin bow not loosening?
When a bow won’t loosen, the hair is too short, and there is no way to go back into the bow to adjust the length the way you can sometimes do when the hair is too long. If your bow won’t loosen and you expect to remain in the environment that made it so for an extended time, get a rehair.
What happens if you don’t loosen violin bow?
Can you put too much rosin on a bow?
Too much rosin will make the bow feel stickier as it moves across the strings. Excess rosin can generate a cloud of rosin dust as you play, and the sound will be harsh and scratchy. Rosin debris will fall onto the surface of the instrument and, over time, can damage the varnish and the wood.
Can you fix a warped violin bow?
Yes, a bow can be re-cambered, but it requires some skill and I wouldn’t recommend trying it yourself (edit: unless it is a cheap bow you want to experiment on and don’t care if you wreck it). When the bow is made, the wood of the bow is bent into shape using heat, often by a careful application of flame.
Why can’t I tighten my violin bow?
Occasionally when a bow won’t tighten it’s because the eyelet is stripped. When a bow won’t loosen, the hair is too short, and there is no way to go back into the bow to adjust the length the way you can sometimes do when the hair is too long.