Smart Bowing Exercises

There are so many aspects to playing with a bow, it can be overwhelming.  Take away the mystery with Smart Bowing Exercises!

This unique resource presents rhythms, dynamics, bowings, articulations and more in a easy-to-understand format with diagrams and clear descriptions.  It’s a one-stop reference for everything you need to know about bowing that every string player should have!

Take your scale practice and your technique up several notches with Smart Bowing Exercises!


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What makes Smart Bowing Exercises so smart?

  •   Unique diagrams showing you how to use the bow.
  •   Well-organized exercises for learning rhythms
  •   Descriptions and exercises for various methods for playing each dynamic.
  •   Common bowings including slurs, hooked bowings & bow retakes.
  •   Descriptions for many articulations and how to do them, including staccato, accents, tremelo, etc.
  •   A section on how to read and execute symbols for ornamentation.
  •   A section on how to read and play harmonics.


Everything You Need to Know to Master Bowing


Diagrams of the Bow

Little things like knowing what part of the bow to use or how much bow is needed can make a huge difference in successful bowing technique. That is why bow diagrams are an essential part of Smart Bowing Exercises for Strings. With the diagrams, you can immediately see what you have to do, making it that much easier for you to master rhythm, dynamics or articulation. So simple, yet so effective.


Learning Rhythms by Family

Many rhythms are related in that they are just faster or slower versions of each other. It makes sense to learn these rhythms together.  Smart Bowing Exercises for Strings uniquely presents these rhythms in their related groups. This makes it easier for you to recognize the relationships, and makes them easier to learn.


Learning Rhythm Combinations by Beats

The rhythm exercises in Smart Bowing Exercises for Strings are organized in vertical rows so you can learn to see rhythms as one or two-beat units. Compound time is also introduced in one-beat units. The exercises are very flexible, so you can make them as easy or as challenging as you like by breaking them down into smaller groups, skipping numbers, playing them backwards, etc. Learning to see rhythms in units is essential to developing excellent rhythmic sight reading skills.


Different Options for Dynamics

There are many different methods for producing a desired dynamic. This section includes a diagram to illustrate the amount of bow that is generally used. It also includes a chart describing various other options for producing dynamics such as the weight of the bow on the string, the proximity of the bow to the bridge or fingerboard, and the part of the bow being used. You will be able to quickly see that there are multiple ways of producing different dynamics, and choose the method that best suits the passage you are playing.


Families of Bowings

Many bowings share similarities, so Smart Bowing Exercises also groups related bowings together. This section includes common slur variations, detached slurs, hooked bowings, bow retakes and pizzicato/arco combinations. Similar bowings can be learned together, which helps you master them more easily.



Rarely does a student have a ready reference for all the articulations they may come across over the course of learning their instrument. Smart Bowing Exercises for Strings provides you with clear descriptions of the many articulations you may encounter and may need to master. It inspires you to learn the many different articulations that are possible on your instrument.


Ornamentation & Harmonics

Finally, as an additional supplement, Smart Bowing Exercises for Strings includes a reference for different types of ornamental markings and harmonics. What is an appoggiatura vs. an acciacatura? Want to know the difference between a mordent and a trill? Can’t remember how harmonics are notated? Even though they are not bowings, this section is a great reference for all these markings that are regularly encountered by string players.


Smart Bowing Exercises for Strings is both an essential reference and an invaluable guide to help you master the bow.

Now that’s smart!



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