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A Simple Guide to Buying a Beginner Violin Bow

1.       I just learned what a bow is. What am I doing here?

Welcome to the club, future virtuoso. Here’s the downright best violin bow for beginners.

Fiddlerman Carbon Fiber Violin Bow 4/4

Fiddlerman Carbon Fiber Violin Bow 4/4

It’s about 70 dollars and you can get a great sound from day one. It’s unwieldy for really fast songs and the bow-hairs will sometimes fall off. But if you want to pull out a solid “Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star” without emptying your wallet, this is your best bet.

2.       I’m buying a bow for my kid.

Get this bow. It’s 30 bucks and blue. Your son loves blue, so maybe he’ll practice more with this bow.

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Plus, it’s made of carbon fiber so when he uses it as a sword in orchestra it won’t break. He might break his friend’s bow, so you can factor in another 30 bucks for that. But hey, at least he’s a winner!

Make sure to select the correct size: if your kid is playing a 3/4-size violin, get a 3/4-size bow.

3.       I’m a serious adult learner who is finally picking up an artistic hobby that doesn’t involve drinking.

This bow is 130 dollars. It’ll last you for years, and when you can tell the difference, you’ll know it’s time to buy the more expensive bow.

Presto® Audition Carbon Fiber Violin Bow

Presto® Audition Carbon Fiber Violin Bow

4.       I’ve gone through all the beginner violin lessons in Trala and I’m ready to be a big girl.

Great job! Here are two options for high-quality bows (about 200 dollars each) that you’ll want to tuck in at night. If you like playing deep and passionate songs like romantic concertos, this brazilwood bow is perfect for power and resonance. It’s on the heavy side and will bring out all the sound in your violin.

Klaus Becker Brazilwood Violin Bow

Klaus Becker Brazilwood Violin Bow

Or if you want to focus on speed and agility, get this carbon fiber bow. It’s light, bouncy, and will let you play fast passages with ease.

D Z Strad Model 560 Pernambuco Wood Violin Bow

D Z Strad Model 560 Pernambuco Wood Violin Bow

P.S. You’re going to want to grab yourself some rosin here. It’s tree sap (yes, really) and it helps the bow stick to the strings. Without it, you won’t get any sound.

Don’t know how to put on rosin? Click here to learn how to apply rosin to your violin bow.