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On the Use of Skewness in Violin Bowing: Should the Bow be Straight or Not?
KTH, School of Computer Science and Communication (CSC), Speech, Music and Hearing, TMH, Music Acoustics.
2010 (English)In: Acta Acoustica united with Acustica, ISSN 1610-1928, Vol. 96, no 4, 593-602 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Bowing parallel to the bridge is by many players considered as the golden standard. However, in practice straight bow strokes are rarely observed, and the bow can be considerably slanted even in the performance of renowned players. In any case, the angle of the bow with the violin (skewness) is likely to form an important control parameter, which has hardly been addressed in scientific studies of violin performance. In the current study measurements of skewness in violin and viola performance are presented, and possible explanations of the observed behavior are offered. The results provide strong indications of that skewness fulfills an important function in controlling bow-bridge distance, integrated in players' performance strategies.

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2010. Vol. 96, no 4, 593-602 p.
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Fluid Mechanics and Acoustics Musicology
URN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-29501DOI: 10.3813/AAA.918314ISI: 000279823000002ScopusID: 2-s2.0-77955748322OAI: diva2:394620
Swedish Research Council, 621-2001-2537
QC 20110203Available from: 2011-02-03 Created: 2011-02-02 Last updated: 2011-02-03Bibliographically approved

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