The Art of Bowing - 2

Bowing As Art


More sounds using a bow, this time on various bronze discs.


One sound I love is bowed Sound Discs. These are very thick, heavy discs made by Paiste. They are like a Crotale without the cup. By bowing them on the edge you get a beautiful high tone that is quite ethereal.





Next is bowing a large Symphonic or Chau type Gong, Play the bow on the back of the turned edge. It can be flat or angled a bit - experiment for the best sound.


Another view from the back.


Here's a video from my series of Gong instruction videos:





You can also easily bow cymbals by pulling the bow across the cymbal’s edge.


You can also bow small, hand held objects like this Cup Chime.


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