Sarah Armstrong’s Tune—bowing (with video)

This is how I bow Sarah Armstrong’s Tune. Video is included, demonstrating fast and slow.


(The slow demo is annotated with the bowing patterns that are being used.)

I’ve tried to write down variations that I do, as well. I can’t cover every variation, but I hope to cover some of the common ones.

(Hyphens mean that the bowing is applied to a longer note instead of multiple short notes.)

A part:

  1. Georgia shuffle with down-bow lead in (D-D D U U-U D U U U)
  2. 3-3 pattern (D D D U U-U)
  3. Georgia shuffle with down-bow lead in, again (or two-note stroke)
  4. 3-3 pattern, again (or saw strokes)
  5. Georgia shuffle with down-bow lead in, again (or two-note stroke)
  6. Extended 3-3 pattern ending in a two-note stroke (D-D-D U U U D D D U U U | D-D U-U)
    • I also use saw strokes instead of the 3-3 pattern sometimes

B part:

  1. 3-3-1-1 pattern, which is a 3-3 pattern plus a saw stroke (D-D-D U U U D U)
    • For any of the 3-3-1-1 patterns in this part, I sometimes substitute a 1-2-1-2 pattern plus a saw stroke (D U U D U U D U)
  2. 3-3-1-1 pattern again (D-D-D U U U D U)
  3. Extended 3-3 pattern with up-bow pulse, ending in a two-note stroke (D D-D U *U* U D D D U U U | D-D U-U)
  4. 3-3-1-1 pattern (D-D-D U U U D U)
  5. 3-3-1-1 pattern again (D-D-D U U U D U)
  6. Extended 3-3 pattern with pulse, ending in a two-note stroke (D D-D U *U* U D D D U U U | D-D U-U)

Something fun to note is that you can also do the entire tune with two-note strokes. It gives a certain driving feel to it, reminiscent of Edden Hammons and those other West Virginia fiddlers.

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