Doug Berch

Dulcimer Maker And Musician

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The Natural History Of The Musical Bow (1899)

Musical bows are most likely the original stringed instrument.musical bow

Some are played in a fashion similar to the Jew’s harp; the player’s mouth is used as a resonator and by changing the shape of the mouth different harmonics are emphasized to produce melody.

Some musical bows are designed to allow defining notes by fingering the length of the string, some are played with a slide, some are struck as a melodic percussion instrument and others are designed to combine these techniques.

musical bow with bells

The simplicity of the musical bow is the beauty of the musical bow.

Download your copy here courtesy of Google Books:

“The Natural History Of The Musical Bow by Henry Balfour (1899)


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2 Comments

  1. I agree Kari. Hopefully more and more people will continue to do so!

  2. Very cool, Doug. Man’s need to create music, art, and things of beauty in all cultures throughout history is simply fascinating.

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