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Mary Freeman
Is it cheating to use my viola bow on my violin
I just love this bow
Mary Freeman
5 Responses
Posted: November 30, 2019
Last Comment: December 5, 2019
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Stephen, Los Osos, CA
Posted: December 5, 2019
Cheating? No, what ever floats your boat!

But consider that the average viola bow weight is about 16% higher
than a violin bow and a bit stiffer.   You might be
hearing a better sound because of  more weight on the strings.
Also, you may be comparing bows of different quality.
You might try a heavier violin bow just for fun and
see if that works for you.


Joe P
Posted: December 2, 2019
Not at all.  However, you might find over time as you get into higher pitches than you would on the Viola that a good violin bow might serve you well.
FYI, I use a Cello bow on my viola... though I must admit that it is an Octave viola, tuned to the same octave as the Cello :-)

Unni
Posted: December 1, 2019
As long as it doesn't strain your hand. After all, violists use them just fine :)

Joel
Posted: December 1, 2019
I think thats ok. I'm kinda in the same boat. The only good bow I have is a viola bow. So, I'm just using that on the violin until I can save to get a violin bow. My viola bow is a carbon fiber so its pretty durable, but I would like to try a real wood violin bow a some point. I feel I might have better dynamic control with a better bow.

Maria
Posted: November 30, 2019
No I do not think so...If it gives you good tone and sound anyway violin bows comes in different weights.