Wednesday, 11 May 2011

Join the big debate

This line (from an actually very interesting discussion group) made me laugh:

There is probably no topic that stimulates more debate than which type of bow to use on an octave violin

It's true. Down the pub with my friends, we can settle Palestine/Israel within minutes. The Euro? No debate. American imperialism? Phooey! The Higgs Boson gets us as far as the end of the first packet of scratchings. But octave violin bow discussions always, always end in violence (or violins…).

(It's a violin with strings an octave lower - lovely sound). Some people reckon a heavier bow or a cello bow works better than the standard violin one. Hear one on Eliza Carthy's new album, Neptune.

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