Baroque Violin Bow - Snakewood - 4/4 Size
Baroque Violin Bow - Snakewood - 4/4 Size
Baroque Violin Bow - Snakewood - 4/4 Size


Baroque Violin Bow - Snakewood - 4/4 Size

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Discover the Articulation That Only a Baroque Bow Can Achieve

At the suggestion of concert violinist Rachel Barton Pine, Shar is pleased to offer players our new baroque bows. These are the same bows that are used by orchestras around the United States as part of Ms. Pine's program to bring baroque performance practices to modern symphony orchestras. The shaft and frog and made from snakewood, the traditional wood that has been used for centuries for such bows. Upon tightening, the camber (curve) of the bow is outward, which is the reverse of modern bows. Ms. Pine recommends that baroque bows require more tightening than modern bows, to bring out their desired characteristics, suggesting that they should be tightened just to the point of an outward camber. These major differences help produce the kind of "attack and release" in baroque-era music that is approached differently than in more modern performance practices.

Rachel Barton Pine, acknowledged as one of the world's expert performers and pedagogues of Bach's Sonatas and Partitas, is one of the very few artists that easily transitions from the baroque era to more modern music. Often playing baroque music on a violin with baroque setup, Ms. Pine also advocates for the use of a baroque bow even with a violin having modern setup, when playing baroque era music. The articulation and phrasing required in a more authentic baroque performance is much more easily attained with a baroque bow.

This bow is for violin. Similar bows are available for viola and cello.

Customer Reviews

Based on 9 reviews
Blake Bingham

Baroque Violin Bow - Snakewood - 4/4 Size

Coy Fullen

It is excellent. I am using it for fast fiddling and it really helps.

Julie Beachy
Love the bow

My second baroque bow. Love it!


This is a very nice bow and is fun to use as I go back over baroque music that I previously played with a modern bow.

Virginia Wood
Beautiful tone and good for arthritis

I purchased this bow hoping it would alleviate some of the arthritic pain in my right thumb and wrist. It does and produces a beautiful tone!

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